Kate Grenville was born in Sydney in October 1950 and spent seven years in Europe and the USA working and studying.
She holds degrees from the University of Sydney and the University of Colorado and has worked as a film editor, journalist, typist and teacher. Her novels include The Idea of Perfection (2002) which won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2001.
The Secret River won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 2006 and was shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize in the same year. Grenville has also written two non-fiction books and currently lives in Sydney with her husband and two children.