In this rollicking, irreverent tour de force, Kate Grenville rewrites 200-odd years of Australia's past
Joan is a wife and mother of no great distinction, but in the life of her imagination she is in the front line of events, effortlessly subverting the solemnity of momentous occasions and cheerfully altering the course of history.
‘A virtuoso performance by a writer from the Antipodes who belongs at the center of the fiction map.’ Kirkus Reviews
‘A funny, moving, brilliantly contrived story about the Every woman unsung by straight historians.’ The Age
‘Australia is colonised but from the female point of view. Joan is observant, calm, tender, angry, despairing. Kate Grenville understands the comic poetry of suffering.’ Thea Astley
‘This fanciful feminist epic is funny and sometimes piercingly poignant.’ Publishers Weekly
Kate Grenville is one of Australia’s finest writers. Her bestselling novel The Secret River has been published in more than twenty countries. It has received numerous awards, including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. The companion memoir, Searching for the Secret River, was released in 2006.
The Idea of Perfection won Britain’s prestigious Orange Prize for Fiction, and her other novels include Sarah Thornhill, The Lieutenant, Lilian’s Story, Dark Places and Joan Makes History.
As well as her novels and a collection of short stories, Grenville has published three books about the writing process, one co-written with novelist Sue Woolfe. The Writing Book, Writing From Start to Finish and Making Stories have become classics both for writing classes and individuals. Grenville has also written a memoir, Searching for The Secret River, an account of the research and writing of the novel for which she’s best-known.
The Lieutenant, The Secret River, and her most recent novel, Sarah Thornhill together make up The Colonial Trilogy, novels which explore Australia’s often troubled past.
Grenville was born in Sydney and has lived in the UK, France and the USA. She has been awarded many honours, including an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of NSW. For many years she taught Creative Writing in universities, but she now writes full-time. In her leisure hours she enjoys attempting to play the cello in an amateur orchestra and a string quartet. She lives in Sydney with her family.