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.
* Grenville's skill is to turn what could have been too obviously a representative moral fable into a rich novel of character. Sunday Telegraph * Grenville, as ever, describes an Australia so overwhelmingly beautiful that readers will lust after its sunbaked soul too. Daily Telegraph * We have had to wait five years for The Secret River but the wait has been worth it... Splendidly paced, passionate and disturbing. The Times