Kate Grenville at the Australia and New Zealand Festival of Literature and Arts

Kate Grenville, One Life, a new book from Cannongate...
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Kate Grenville was in conversation at the Australia and New Zealand Festival of Literature and Arts in London on Saturday 30th May, 2015.

The great pleasure in being a bookseller and publisher is the opportunity to hear, and develop a wider understanding of, great authors and their work.

Kate’s new book One Life, has just been published with Canongate Books. It is the story about her mother Nance, born in 1912 in New South Wales.

A remarkable story, not because Nance became famous or wealthy, but because the story is about a woman growing up in a harsh family in Australia in the 1920’s and onwards.

After training as a pharmacist, she went to work in a local chemist and learnt much more about life than dispensing drugs.

Kate Grenville has a remarkable way of telling a story and after a few minutes of conversations and readings from One Life, it felt that we knew this woman Nance, her character of directness and ambition, striving to do all she could to make the most of life. As a young girl this was not easy at that time, but her determination was unstoppable!

It was a schoolteacher who changed her life and Mr Crisp, left her with a love of literature. Nance instilled in Kate a love of words, Nance had poetry in her mind and was able to deliver apposite quotes just when needed.

This was an amazing chance to listen to Kate Grenville and also hear about the very special book, The Secret River. The Secret River, by Kate Grenville

So now to read the book, One Life, from the opening pages it will be a book that will be hard to put down.

Check out the website for further conversations and adventures at the Aus and NZ Fest with lots of exciting authors.

Sue Martin

Australia and New Zealand Festival of Literature and Arts, London

Image 5The Festival runs over the weekend of May 30/31st 2015 with an amazing collection of authors and illustrators from ‘down under’.

As publishers and booksellers, with strong project links to Australia, the range, diversity and quality of the Festival programme makes the event hugely attractive.

We are so excited about going along to the Festival and soaking up the engaging work of such talented authors such as; Kate Grenville, Tim Winton and Howard Jacobson.

The Secret River is a favourite book, as it paints such an amazing picture of life in Australia in early1800’s.

image4-14.jpgKate Grenville is in discussion about her new memoir One Life: My Mother’s Story. The book pays tribute to a woman whose life spanned a century of tumult and change; for whom the spectacular shifts of the 20th century offered new freedoms and choices in an era when women had been expected to have no ambitions beyond the domestic. It is a deeply moving homage by one of Australia’s finest writers.

With the publication of nine novels, a collection of short stories and four books about the writing process, Kate Grenville is one of Australia’s best-known contemporary authors. Her work includes Lilian’s Story (1985), Dreamhouse (1986), Dark Places (1994) and The Secret River (2005).

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Sue Martin, Books Go Walkabout – our literacy and tech project, joining authors and illustrators together with children across the globe…

Increase in childcare entitlement from 15 – 30 hours per week.

Image 1Children and Young People Now have published the latest from the government in doubling free universal childcare entitlement.

The government is to fast-track legislation to double free universal childcare entitlement to 30 hours a week. David Cameron says one of the first things his government will do is legislate to increase childcare provision.


In a speech in Stockton-on-Tees yesterday Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed that the Conservative Party’s manifesto commitment to expand the free entitlement to early education from 15 hours a week to 30 hours a week, will be included in the Queen’s Speech this month.

He said: “One of the first things we are going to do is to make sure that we legislate to help with childcare.

“I think for so many families in our country it’s absolutely essential that they get that help with childcare, so that people who want to work and want to work more hours or longer shifts, or more shifts to bring home more money, are able to do that.” ‘

SmithMartin Partnership – working to achieve good quality childcare.