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One Life: My Mother's Story
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Nance was a week short of her sixth birthday when she and Frank were roused out of bed in the dark and lifted into the buggy, squashed in with bedding, the cooking pots rattling around in the back, and her mother shouting back towards the house- Goodbye, Rothsay, I hope I never see you again! 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.
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* Author tour to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane with other cities tbc * Author will be a guest of several writers festivals in 2015 * Extract to be placed in weekend magazine such as Good Weekend * Major profile of author in broadsheet newspaper * Television interview on ABCTV's 7.30 or News Breakfast * Review coverage in all broadsheet and tabloid newspapers * Profile in women's magazine such as Australian Women's Weekly * High profile interviews on ABC and commercial radio in every state and territory * Radio National interview on Life Matters or Breakfast with Fran Kelly * Review coverage in women's magazines * Review coverage in literary magazines and journals * Wide online review coverage * Lightwall advertising in major airports * Phone-booth 'light box' advertising in Melbourne and Sydney's central business districts * Large-scale print advertising campaign in literary, arts and current affairs publications such as ABR, Griffith Review, Monthly, The Big Issue, Limelight (ABC) and on their associated websites * Advertisements in high-profile women's magazines such as the Australian Women's Weekly. * Promotions with targeted subscriber groups, including book lovers such as Good Reading and Better Reading * Major social media campaign including targeted advertising on Goodreads * Feature title in Text newsletters and website * Author video available to be available on Text's website, YouTube, the author's website and on bookseller sites * Advertisements in bookseller newsletters and website * Significant budget for Mother's Day catalogues

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'A few sentences of Grenville's makes one realise that much of the writing one encounters in a novel these days is thin and perfunctory.' Daily Express '[Grenville] is a gift of a writer.' Age 'What a difficult thing it must have been to write, but what a treasure [Grenville] has given us...Evocative and fascinating, this brave and heartfelt tribute will appeal to anyone interested in their own family story, Australian history, or the lives of women.' Books & Publishing 'Losing your mother is a turning point in everyone's life...Kate Grenville has translated that revelation into a totally mesmerising story which reads not like a memoir, but rather like a perfectly paced novel.' Australian Women's Weekly 'Real life painted with with an almost fictional verve, it's an intensely engaging portrait of a world in flux.' New Daily 'The writing glides, egoless, through this one life that adapted to the massive changes of a century...I closed the book with regret, wanting more.' Monthly '[A] social history written with the storytelling skill of a novelist.' Australian 'A very brave and loving recount of a daughter's view of her mother's history...A powerful piece of nonfiction, important equally for its capacity to capture one life as its ability to summarise that of an entire generation of women.' Lip Mag 'There's no denying that the story she has to tell makes for a compelling read...Kate Grenville's recapitulation of her mother's voice is in the end very moving.' Age 'A gift to countless readers who will recognise their own experience, or their mother's experience in these pages.' Australian Book Review 'With her customary elegance and warmth, Kate Grenville has lovingly documented her mother's life, capturing the aura of the times. I thoroughly enjoyed her engrossing story.' Chronicle 'A tribute to a generation of tough Australian women whose stories have mostly been considered unworthy.' North and South 'The sharing of this story of resilience, persistence and a mother's enduring love will resonate across generations.' Good Reading 'Beautifully written, informative and thought provoking.' The Big Book Club '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 'Once again, Grenville treats her readers to a brilliant read.' Australian Pharmacist 'Grenville's use of language and vivid detail as exquisite as ever and the book a compelling read.' 2bbb-FM 'One Life is a fascinating, engaging book. Grenville's insights into her parents' marriage, and particularly her mother's thinking, reflect the empathy you'd expect from a novelist.' Whispering Gums 'An act of great inventive compassion, a daughter's intimate account of the patterns in her mother's life. Grenville's mother, Nance, may not have officially published her memoir, but her daughter has done her proud.' PS News 'An inspiring tale of making the best of very limited opportunities, whether professional or persona.' Jane Sullivan, Australian Book Review, Books of the Year 2015 'Not only one of the world's greatest writers, but one of the world's most intelligent writers, Kate Grenville does an astounding job in telling the story of her late mother in One Life.' Booktopia, Books of the Year 2015 '[One Life] is a deeply personal document, it captures the life of an extraordinary woman ahead of her time...As you'd expect of Grenville, this is a poignant and lyrical work.' Guardian, Best Australian Books of 2015

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