Grenville, Kate

About Kate Grenville

Official Homepage

Biography (Encyclopædia Britannica)

Ackland, Michael. “Kate Grenville.” Australian Writers, Samuels (ed.), 2006

Kossew, Sue. Writing Woman, Writing Place: Contemporary Australian and South African Fiction, 2004



Musgrave, Ian. “Something Smells Off: Kate Grenville's Case Against Fragrance.” Chemistry in Australia, 1 Jul. 2017

Peterson, Kelsy. “Sarah Thornhill.” Library Journal, vol. 137, no. 10, 2012

Peterson, Kelsy. “The Lieutenant.” Library Journal, vol. 134, no. 12, 2009

Healy, Alice. “When 'History Changes Who We Were.'.” Australian Literary Studies, vol. 23, no. 4, 2008

Murray, Robert. “Hollywood on the Hawkesbury.” Quadrant Magazine, vol. 51, no. 4, 2007

Burns, Ann, and Carol Stern. “The Idea of Perfection.” Library Journal, vol. 128, no.4, 2003

Cronau, Deborah A. “Writing from Start to Finish: A Six-step Guide.” Orana, vol. 38, no. 1, 2002

Omundsen, Susan. “Shifting Light and Shadow.” Southerly, vol. 60, no. 2, 2000

Bliss, Carolyn. “World Literature in Review: Australia.” World Literature Today, vol. 69, no. 4, 1995

Duffy, Julia.  “Joan Makes History.” Library Journal, vol. 113, no. 19, 1988

Kirk, Mary L. “Dreamhouse.” Library Journal, vol. 112, no. 15, 1987

Peck, Lucinda Ann. “Lilian’s Story.” Library Journal, vol. 111, no. 13, 1986



Bennett, Bruce. “Kate Grenville in Conversation with Bruce Bennett.” Theory and Practice of the Short Story: Australia, New Zealand, The South Pacific, Righetti (ed.), 2006

Harper, Graeme. “An Interview with Kate Grenville.” New Writing, vol. 3, no. 1, 2006

Weisz, Michelle, and Anna Bang. “Interview with Kate Grenville on Dark Places.” Southerly, vol. 59, no. 3-4, 1999

Turcotte, Gerry. “The Story-Teller's Revenge: Kate Grenville Interviewed by Gerry Turcotte.” Kunapipi, vol. 16, no. 1, 1994

Oder, Norman. “Kate Grenville: 'I Thought I'd be Howled down'.” Publishers Weekly, vol. 241, no. 44, 1994



Nolan, Maggie, and Rebecca Weaver-Hightower. “Teaching Kate Grenville's The Secret River in the United States: A Study.” Teaching Australian and New Zealand Literature, Moore and Shieff (eds.), 2017

Kossew, Sue. “Kate Grenville’s Transgressive Narrative.” Claiming Space for Australian Women’s Writing, Das and Dasgupta (eds.), 2017

Pes, Annalisa. “Telling Stories of Colonial Encounters: Kate Grenville's The Secret River, The Lieutenant and Sarah Thornhill.” Postcolonial Text, vol. 11, no. 2, 2016

Denison, Kathleen. “Fleshed Out: Bodies of Language in Kate Grenville's Lilian's Story and Dark Places.” Gender Forum, vol. 53, 2015

Lang, Anouk. “Going Against the Flow: Kate Grenville’s The Secret River and Colonialism’s Structuring Oppositions.” Postcolonial Text, vol. 9, no. 1, 2014

Nolan, Maggie, and Robert Clarke. “Reading Groups and Reconciliation: Kate Grenville's The Secret River and the Ordinary Reader.” Australian Literary Studies, vol. 29, no. 4, 2014

Ravenscroft, Alison. “The Strangeness of the Dance: Kate Grenville, Rohan Wilson, Inga Clendinnen and Kim Scott.” Meanjin, vol. 72, no. 4, 2013

Staniforth, Martin. “Depicting the Colonial Home: Representations of the Domestic in Kate Grenville's The Secret River and Sarah Thornhill.” Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, vol. 13, no. 2, 2013

Kossew, Sue. Lighting Dark Places: Essays on Kate Grenville, 2010

Mitchell, Kate. “Australia's 'Other' History Wars: Trauma and the Work of Cultural Memory in Kate Grenville's The Secret River.” Neo-Victorian Tropes of Trauma: The Politics of Bearing After-Witness to Nineteenth-Century Suffering, Kohlke and Gutleben (eds.), 2010

Gallagher, Jodi. "'Relaxed and Comfortable': Carey, Grenville and the Politics of the History Novel." Remaking Literary History, Groth and Sheehan (eds.), 2010

Boulanger-Mashberg, Anica. “In Her Own Margins: Kate Grenville's Searching for the Secret River as Marginalia to The Secret River.” Limina, vol. 15, 2009



Autobiography/Life Writing

One Life (2015)

Searching for the Secret River (2006)



A Room Made of Leaves (2020)

Sarah Thornhill (2011)

The Lieutenant (2006)

The Secret River (2005)

The Idea of Perfection (1999)

Dark Places (1994)

Dreamhouse (1989)

Joan Makes History (1988)

Lillian’s Story (1985)


Short Story Collections

Bearded Ladies (1984)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

The Case Against Fragrance (2017)

Writing from Start to Finish (2011)

With Sue Woolfe: Making Stories (1993)

The Writing Book: A Workbook for Fiction Writers (1990)


Audio and Audiovisual Material

Guardian Australia’s Book Club: Kate Grenville. YouTube, 12 Aug. 2020

Kate Grenville: A Room Made of Leaves. YouTube, 2 Jul. 2020

Kate Grenville Writes 'One Life: My Mother's Story ' Late Night Live. YouTube, 27 Mar. 2015

Kate Grenville in Conversation with Ramona Koval. YouTube, 3 May 2013

Kate Grenville on Writing, History and Her Latest Book, Sarah ThornhillYouTube, 1 Sep. 2011

Kate Grenville on Artists, Writers and Climate Change. YouTube, 21 Jul. 2009

Kate Grenville on The Lieutenant. YouTube, 19 Sep. 2008