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Kate Grenville

Kate Grenville’s most recent novel is Restless Dolly Maunder, based on her indomitable grandmother, giving a voice to one of our silent foremothers.

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Kate Grenville is one of Australia’s most acclaimed authors. She’s published 16 books, including several best-selling and prize-winning titles. The Secret River was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, won many other prizes, and has become a modern classic, adapted for the stage and TV. Much of her work explores the past, using the story of an individual to delve into the big issues of our history, and the way those issues are still resonating in our present. Her most recent novel is Restless Dolly Maunder, based on her indomitable grandmother. The book gives a voice to one of the many silent women of our past: a woman born in 1880 into a poor farming family who – through determination, resilience, and strokes of luck both good and bad – shaped a life for herself, and helped to open the door for the ones who came after her. Her story is the story of thousands like her, people who left little record of their lives, but who shaped the world we live in now.

Kate Grenville

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