One Life: My Mother's Story

Author(s): Kate Grenville

Biography & Memoir

'Nance was a week short of her sixth birthday when she and Frank were roused out of bed in the dark and lifted into the buggy, squashed in with bedding, the cooking pots rattling around in the back, and her mother shouting back towards the house: Goodbye, Rothsay, I hope I never see you again!' When Kate Grenville's mother died she left behind many fragments of memoir. These were the starting point for One Life, the story of a woman whose life spanned a century of tumult and change. In many ways Nance's story echoes that of many mothers and grandmothers, for whom the spectacular shifts of the twentieth century offered a path to new freedoms and choices. In other ways Nance was exceptional. In an era when women were expected to have no ambitions beyond the domestic, she ran successful businesses as a registered pharmacist, laid the bricks for the family home, and discovered her husband's secret life as a revolutionary. One Life is an act of great imaginative sympathy, a daughter's intimate account of the patterns in her mother's life. It is a deeply moving homage by one of Australia's finest writers.


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* Author tour to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane with other cities tbc * Author will be a guest of several writers festivals in 2015 * Extract to be placed in weekend magazine such as Good Weekend * Major profile of author in broadsheet newspaper * Television interview on ABCTV's 7.30 or News Breakfast * Review coverage in all broadsheet and tabloid newspapers * Profile in women's magazine such as Australian Women's Weekly * High profile interviews on ABC and commercial radio in every state and territory * Radio National interview on Life Matters or Breakfast with Fran Kelly * Review coverage in women's magazines * Review coverage in literary magazines and journals * Wide online review coverage * Lightwall advertising in major airports * Phone-booth 'light box' advertising in Melbourne and Sydney's central business districts * Large-scale print advertising campaign in literary, arts and current affairs publications such as ABR, Griffith Review, Monthly, The Big Issue, Limelight (ABC) and on their associated websites * Advertisements in high-profile women's magazines such as the Australian Women's Weekly. * Promotions with targeted subscriber groups, including book lovers such as Good Reading and Better Reading * Major social media campaign including targeted advertising on Goodreads * Feature title in Text newsletters and website * Author video available to be available on Text's website, YouTube, the author's website and on bookseller sites * Advertisements in bookseller newsletters and website * Significant budget for Mother's Day catalogues

'A few sentences of Grenville's makes one realise that much of the writing one encounters in a novel these days is thin and perfunctory.'-- Daily Express

'[Grenville] is a gift of a writer.' --Age

Kate Grenville's bestselling novel The Secret River received the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. The Idea of Perfection won the Orange Prize. Grenville's other novels include Sarah Thornhill The Lieutenant, Lilian's Story, Dark Places and Joan Makes History.

General Fields

  • : 9781922182050
  • : Text Publishing Company
  • : Text Publishing Company
  • : July 2014
  • : Australia
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Kate Grenville
  • : Hardback
  • : 216
  • : en
  • : 306.8743092
  • : 272