Kate Grenville was born in 1950 in Sydney, Australia. Kate Grenville established herself as a well-known author in 1984 when she published a collection of short stories called Bearded Ladies. Bearded Ladies were short stories based on the notion of women trying to free themselves from gender stereotypes within society. Kate then went on to publish 8 fiction novels. Kate is known to do a lot of research for her books, using historical and factual information in the creative process.
Some interesting facts about Kate Grenville:
Kate always wanted to be a writer when she was young, but didn’t know that it was an option when picking a career.
Her first job was a university holiday job at a milk bar. “I had no idea that feet could ache that much after 8 hours of standing behind a counter. And I’ve never been able to look at a milkshake from that day to this.”
Her favourite book of all time is Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin.
The people that she finds most influential when writing is Jane Austen, Virgina Woolf and Patrick White.
Some of Kate Grenville’s writing that you should check out:
Lillian’s Story – Published in 1985 it follows the life story of a woman named Lillian Una Singer.
Dreamhouse – Published in 1986 – A sort of black comedy about a marriage on the rocks
Joan Makes History – Published in 1988 is about a woman who is present at all the famous moments in Australia’s European history.
Dark Places (Albion’s story in the U.S.) – Published in 1994 – Is a novel to go along with Lillian’s Story – it is from the point of view of her father.
The Idea of Perfection – Published in 1999 – About two unlikely people who fall in love.
The Secret River – Published in 2005 – Part of a trilogy about early Australia
The Lieutenant – Published 2008 – Part of a trilogy about early Australia
Sarah Thornhill – Part of a trilogy about early Australia.
If you are looking for something interesting to read: Kate Grenville is for you.