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Lilian's Story

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Kate Grenville

Introduction by Toni Collette

Listen, I told myself, and heard the waves against the harbour-wall, a gull being peevish, the white tapping stick of a blind man against the stones. Listen, I told myself, this is history.

Loosely inspired by the legendary Sydney bohemian Bea Miles, Kate Grenville’s much-loved debut novel recounts the life of the irrepressible Lilian Una Singer: from wealthy middle-class girlhood under the rule of a monstrous father, to outspoken independence in adulthood, and eventually sleeping rough on the city’s streets in later years, her spirit undaunted. Bold, exuberant and richly imaginative, Lilian’s Story was acclaimed as a masterpiece on its publication in 1985. It is unforgettable.


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Kate Grenville
About the Author

Kate Grenville is one of Australia’s most celebrated writers. Her international bestseller The Secret River was awarded local and overseas prizes, has been adapted for the stage and as an acclaimed television miniseries, and is now a much-loved classic. Grenville’s other novels include Sarah Thornhill, The Lieutenant, Dark Places and the Orange...

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About the Introducer

Toni Collette grew up in Sydney. Her acting credits include the films Muriel’s Wedding, Lilian’s Story, The Boys, Velvet Goldmine, Little Miss Sunshine, Enough Said, Jasper Jones, Hereditary, Velvet Buzzsaw, Dream Horse and I’m Thinking of Ending Things. She has also starred in the television series United States of Tara (for which she won Emmy...

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30 March 2021
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Praise for Kate Grenville
andLilian’s Story

‘Dazzling fiction of universal appeal.’

‘Very moving and sometimes funny…Evocative and poetic.’

‘A work of considerable beauty and power…An uncompromising vision…told with honesty and virtuosity.’

‘A mesmerising tale of persecution, suffering perseverance, and strength of character. Lil is stupendous and unforgettable.’

‘One of the great Australian novels…Luminous…A triumph.’

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  • Lilian's Story
    ISBN: 9781922459350
    30 March 2021
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