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Kate Grenville in Como

Penrhos College and Dymocks Garden City invite you to join them for a morning tea with best-selling author Kate Grenville.

When Kate Grenville’s mother died she left behind many fragments of memoir. These were the starting point for One Life, the story of a woman whose life spanned a century of tumult and change. In many ways Nance’s story echoes that of many mothers and grandmothers, for whom the spectacular shifts of the twentieth century offered a path to new freedoms and choices. In other ways Nance was exceptional. In an era when women were expected to have no ambitions beyond the domestic, she ran successful businesses as a registered pharmacist, laid the bricks for the family home, and discovered her husband’s secret life as a revolutionary.

One Life is an act of great imaginative sympathy, a daughter’s intimate account of the patterns in her mother’s life. It is a deeply moving homage by one of Australia’s finest writers.

Kate Grenville’s bestselling novel The Secret River received the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. The Idea of Perfection won the Orange Prize. Grenville’s other novels include Sarah ThornhillThe LieutenantLilian’s StoryDark Places and Joan Makes History.

Kate will be appearing in conversation with Alecia Hancock, State Director of the Australian Writers' Centre.

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Clare Wright for Melbourne Conversations

Melbourne Conversations present 'What is the Future of Anzac?'

A century on from WW1, ANZAC Day marches and pilgrimages to Gallipoli are attracting record crowds. But it hasn't always been that way. Will today's patriotic fervour continue to grow? How will we commemorate the 125th or 150th anniversaries of Gallipoli? On this panel, four astute thinkers will project what the future holds for war commemoration.

Panellists include Michael Brissenden, Walkley Award-winning journalist and host of ABC's AM program. James Brown, defence analyst, former army officer and author of ANZAC's Long Shadow, Dr Carolyn Holbrook, historian and author of ANZAC: The Unauthorised Biography and Celeste Liddle, social commentator, trade unionist and Indigenous activist. 

The evening will be hosted by Dr Clare Wright, a multi-award winning historian, author and broadcaster. Clare's first book, Beyond the Ladies Lounge: Australia’s Female Publicans, garnered both critical and popular acclaim and her second, The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, won the 2014 Stella Prize.

This Melbourne Conversations event is supported by Federation Square, Future Leaders, and Griffith Review, publishers of Enduring Legacies, which includes contributions by James Brown and Clare Wright.

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Kate Grenville visits Booragoon

Join Kate Grenville in a Q&A session with The West Australian’s Books Editor William Yeoman as they discuss her latest work, One life: My Mother’s Story.

When Kate Grenville’s mother died she left behind many fragments of memoir. These were the starting point for One Life, the story of a woman whose life spanned a century of tumult and change. In many ways Nance’s story echoes that of many mothers and grandmothers, for whom the spectacular shifts of the twentieth century offered a path to new freedoms and choices. In other ways Nance was exceptional. In an era when women were expected to have no ambitions beyond the domestic, she ran successful businesses as a registered pharmacist, laid the bricks for the family home, and discovered her husband’s secret life as a revolutionary.

One Life is an act of great imaginative sympathy, a daughter’s intimate account of the patterns in her mother’s life. It is a deeply moving homage by one of Australia’s finest writers.

Kate Grenville’s bestselling novel The Secret River received the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. The Idea of Perfection won the Orange Prize. Grenville’s other novels include Sarah ThornhillThe LieutenantLilian’s StoryDark Places and Joan Makes History.

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Kate Grenville in Claremont

The Lane Bookshop and Methodist Ladies' College welcome Kate Grenville to Claremont to discuss her new book, One Life: My Mother's Story

When Kate Grenville’s mother died she left behind many fragments of memoir. These were the starting point for One Life, the story of a woman whose life spanned a century of tumult and change. In many ways Nance’s story echoes that of many mothers and grandmothers, for whom the spectacular shifts of the twentieth century offered a path to new freedoms and choices. In other ways Nance was exceptional. In an era when women were expected to have no ambitions beyond the domestic, she ran successful businesses as a registered pharmacist, laid the bricks for the family home, and discovered her husband’s secret life as a revolutionary.

One Life is an act of great imaginative sympathy, a daughter’s intimate account of the patterns in her mother’s life. It is a deeply moving homage by one of Australia’s finest writers.

Kate Grenville’s bestselling novel The Secret River received the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. The Idea of Perfection won the Orange Prize. Grenville’s other novels include Sarah ThornhillThe LieutenantLilian’s StoryDark Places and Joan Makes History.

Tickets availabe from The Lane Bookshop. Please call 9384 4423

Melbourne launch of Griffith Review 48: Enduring Legacies

Please join editor Julianne Schultz and local contributors for the Melbourne launch of Griffith Review 48: Enduring Legacies edited by Julianne Schultz and Peter Cochrane.

Griffith Review: Enduring Legacies draws together distinguished soldiers, military historians, academics and popular writers to challenge myths and explore the multifaceted legacies of the wars of the twentieth century, providing new insights, graphic portraits and telling analysis of their consequences.



To be launched by The Hon. Dr Barry Jones.

Hannie Rayson for Camberwell Library

Camberwell Library welcomes Hannie Rayson to discuss her new memoir, Hello, Beautiful!: Scenes from a Life.

In Hello, Beautiful! Hannie shines the spotlight on herself with a collection of personal stories. From a childhood in Brighton to a urinary tract infection in Spain, from a body buried under the house to a play on a tram, this memoir captures a life behind the scenes—a life of tender moments, hilarious encounters and, inevitably, drama.

Hannie Rayson is a playwright and screenwriter. Her works—including Hotel Sorrento, Inheritance and Life After George—have been performed around Australia and internationally. She has been awarded two Australian Writers’ Guild Awards, four Helpmann Awards, two NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. Her play Life After George was the first play to be nominated for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. 

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Kate Grenville for Coventry Library

Kate Grenville is one of Australia's most celebrated authors and Matilda Bookshop is thrilled to invite you to the launch of her new book One Life : My Mother's Story.

In a career that has spanned over thirty years of writing, including best selling novels such as The Secret River and Sarah Thornhill, Kate has won numerous awards and has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

One Life: My Mother's Story uses fragments of a memoir her mother left to tell the story of Nance Russell. It's the story of a remarkable person whose life spanned the twentieth century, a time of extraordinary change, especially for women. 

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Griffith Review at The University of Sydney

In a year that marks the centenary of the battle of Gallipoli and the seventieth anniversary of the end of World War II, Sydney Ideas presents a panel of contributors to Griffith Review 48: Enduring Legacies. 

Exploring the consequences of Australia's involvement in war with a critical and inquiring eye, and shifting the focus away from battles and commemorations, Griffith Review will shine a new light on the legacy, and long shadow, of the great wars of the twentieth century.

The event will be chaired by Dr Tamson Pietsch. Panellists include Dr Jeannine Baker, Tom Bamforth, James Brown, Associate Professor Julia Horne, Professor Stephen Garton, Professor Tim Rowse. 

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Hannie Rayson in conversation with Helen Garner at the Wheeler Centre

Two Melbourne literary icons come together in one big event, as Helen Garner interviews Hannie Rayson, ‘Melbourne’s most influential playwright’, about her life and work – with all the insight and flair we’ve come to expect from this beloved chronicler of our city.

Hannie Rayson made history when her stage hit Life After George became the first play to be shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award, and her first major success, Hotel Sorrento was made into a feature film and is a staple of VCE reading lists. She has also written for television, including popular hit Sea Change.

In her long-awaited memoir, Hello, Beautiful!: Scenes from a Life, Hannie presents scenes from her own life, with all the insight, wit and narrative flair she has perfected in her plays. From a childhood in Brighton to a urinary tract infection in Spain, from a body buried under the house to a play on a tram, she shares a hilarious (and often dramatic) behind-the-scenes look at the life of an Australian success story.

Helen Garner was born in 1942 in Geelong, and was educated there and at Melbourne University. Her first novel, Monkey Grip, came out in 1977, won the 1978 National Book Council Award, and was adapted for film in 1981. Her novel, The Spare Room won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Queensland Premier’s Award for Fiction and the Barbara Jefferis Award, and has been translated into many languages. Her most recent work, This House of Grief was published in August 2014. 

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Kate Grenville in Adelaide

Dymocks Adelaide presents Kate Grenville in conversation with The University of Adelaide's Dr. Stephanie Hester. 

Kate Grenville's mother, Nance was exceptional. In a time when women were not expected to have dreams or aspirations beyond the kitchen, she ran successful businesses as a registered pharmacist, she laid bricks for the family home and discovered her husband's secret life as a revolutionary. Taken from her mother's fragmented memoirs, One Life: My Mother's Story is a touching, deeply moving homage from one of the nation's finest authors. 

One of Australia’s best-loved and admired authors, Kate Grenville has published eight novels. Her international bestseller The Secret River, received the Commonwealth Prize for Literature and the Christina Stead Prize, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. The Idea of Perfection won the Orange Prize. Grenville’s other novels include Sarah ThornhillThe LieutenantLilian’s StoryDark Places and Joan Makes History.

Bookings essential as places are limited.

Please call 8223 5380 or email adelaide.customers@dymocks.com.au