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Kate Grenville in Woollahra

Writers & Readers presents one of Australia’s most renowned writers, Kate Grenville, celebrating the life of her mother through a new work built from many fragments of memoir.

One Life is an act of great imaginative sympathy and a deeply moving homage to a truly inspiring woman. This intimate account of Nancy’s life echoes the lives of many of our mothers and grandmothers, for whom the spectacular shifts of the twentieth century offered a path to new freedoms and choices. 

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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