Kate Grenville is the author of sixteen books. Her ten novels have received many awards in Australia and overseas, been translated into many languages, and have been adapted for stage and screen. Her best-known novels are the “Colonial Quartet”: The Secret River, The Lieutenant, Sarah Thornhill, and A Room Made of Leaves, all of which explore different aspects of white Australia’s relationship with First Nations people in colonial times. Her books are often called “historical fiction” but her real interest is in our present, and the way it’s been shaped by our past. The truth of that past is often obscured by comfortable myths. Fiction is one way to bright it to light.
Her non-fiction includes three books about the writing process that have become classics in Creative Writing groups, a book about the science and politics of fragrance, a biography of her mother, and a book about researching and writing The Secret River.