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One Life: My Mother's Story


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In this vivid, intimate, narrative memoir bestselling and award-winning novelist Kate Grenville celebrates her mother's life

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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 Thornhill, The Lieutenant, Lilian's Story, Dark Places and Joan Makes History.


* A work of imaginative sympathy, it is as successful as it is audacious ... Clear, authentic and utterly engaging ... Provides a microcosm for the changes taking place on the world stage in the period spanned Independent on Sunday * Written in the third-person, blending her mother's plain, brisk language and her own novelistic skills ... moving ... Grenville's feminist instincts, which run quietly through her life and writing, built on her mother's example Sydney Morning Herald * Kate Grenville is one of Australia's finest writers ... her great skill as a writer is to take the barest of biographical details and spin them into something of intricate moral complexity Telegraph * Grenville inhabits characters with a rare completeness ... She writes with a poet's sense of rhythm and imagery Guardian * Grenville has emerged not only as the truth-teller but also something of a hero ... her novels are important quests that go beyond art Irish Times * The power with which Kate Grenville evokes places and people is so remarkable -- DIANA ATHILL * Kate Grenville has a reputation for elegant prose that cuts to the very heart of her subject matter with breathtaking precision Vogue

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