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Kate Grenville: Restless Dolly Maunder

Celebrated author reimagines her grandmother’s remarkable life

Thursday 23 May 2024
Event Code: 80
Renowned historical fiction writer Kate Grenville, whose bestseller, The Secret River, won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, draws on family memories in this stunning new novel.

Kate’s grandmother, who was born into a poor family in NSW, is the spirited heroine of Restless Dolly Maunder.

In the 19th century, marriage was a clever girl’s only escape, but Dolly was determined to make the most of her meagre lot – even if it meant constantly uprooting her family in the quest for a life she could call her own.

Discover how Kate inhabits her grandmother’s story, in conversation with Nicole Abadee.
Carriageworks, Bay 20, The ARA Stage
245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh, NSW, 2015