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Kate Grenville’s Restless Dolly Maunder is shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction

Text Publishing congratulates Kate Grenville on Restless Dolly Maunder’s shortlisting for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2024.

Grenville is the first Australian to be shortlisted twice for this award. She remains the only Australian to have won the award, in 2001 (when it was the Orange Prize) for The Idea of Perfection.

Grenville commented: ‘What an honour to be standing beside so many powerful books bringing women’s experiences to readers. Women’s books have so often been overlooked in the big noisy world of literary prizes—the Women’s Prize has been a really important part of changing that. I’m hugely grateful for having been awarded it for The Idea of Perfection in 2001—it gave my writing life a second chance when it seemed to be over. Now, I can only think how astonished and delighted my grandmother would be to have her story brought to the world in this way.’

Michael Heyward of Text observed: ‘What makes Restless Dolly Maunder so compelling and moving to read is that it fully imagines the life of Kate Grenville’s grandmother without inventing or embellishing the details of her life. Fiction is about understanding what it means to see the world through someone else’s eyes, and that’s why Restless Dolly Maunder is a great novel. Everyone at Text congratulates Kate on her marvellous achievement.’

Restless Dolly Maunder is out now in paperback [9781922790651, $34.99].


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