Kate Grenville

Season 6, Episode 15

Kate Grenville is one of Australia’s most celebrated novelists. Her most acclaimed work, The Secret River, won multiple awards worldwide and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. But her new book, The Case Against Fragrance, out this week, is a change of pace and her first real foray into non-fiction and specifically science. While we were out in Australia she chatted to Robin and Josie about her life’s work, having too many footnotes, great Australian writers, sexism in literature, historical fiction and much more.

To hear longer versions of each episode, plus win prizes and get bonus episodes, become a Patreon supporter of the show here.



Apple Podcasts   *   RSS   *   SoundCloud   *   Spotify

Reading List

Kate recommends:

One Life: My Mother’s Story by Kate Grenville

The Case Against Fragrance by Kate Grenville

The Pleasure of Finding Things Out by Richard Feynman

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

Riders in the Chariot by Patrick White

The work of Frank Moorhouse

The Man Who Loved Children by Christina Stead

The work of Thomas Keneally

The work of Helen Garner

The work of Carrie Tiffany

Bush Studies by Barbara Baynton

Robin recommends:

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

When the Wind Blows by Raymond Briggs

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

Picnic at Hanging Rock by Joan Lindsey

Wake in Fright by Kenneth Cook

Our Hidden Lives by Simon Garfield

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

Sometimes I Laugh Like My Sister by Rebecca Peyton

Josie recommends:

The short stories of Marjorie Whitaker

The Cosmic Shambles Network is only able to produce all the content we do, and put on our annual live charity shows, due to the generous pledges of our Patreon supporters. There's lots of great rewards available for supporters. Subscribe below.