KATE GRENVILLE was born in Sydney, Australia. After completing an Arts degree at Sydney University she worked in the film industry (mainly as an editor) before living in the UK and Europe for several years and starting to write. In 1984 her first book, a collection of stories—Bearded Ladies—was published. Since then she’s published six novels and four books about the writing process (one co-written with Sue Woolfe). The Secret River (2005) has won many prizes, including the Commonwealth Prize for Literature and the Christina Stead Prize, and has been an international best-seller. The Idea of Perfection (2000) won the Orange Prize. Her other works of fiction have been published to acclaim in Australia and overseas and have won state and national awards.  Much-loved novels such as Lilian’s Story (1985), Dark Places (1995), and Joan Makes History (1988) have become classics, admired by critics and general readers alike. Kate Grenville’s novels have been widely published in translation, and her books about the writing process are used in many writing courses in schools and universities.