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Thursday 12th July 2007

Novelist Kate Grenville in conversation with psychoanalyst Margot Waddell

At The Institute of Psychoanalysis 112a Shirland Road, London W9 

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Kate Grenville
Kate Grenville (left) and Margot Waddell

Exploring the interior: novelist Kate Grenville talks to analyst Margot Waddell about internal and external landscapes, and her journeys through fiction and history.

Kate Grenville’s latest book Searching for the Secret River is published by Canongate this month.  It tells the story of how Grenville came to write her novel ‘The Secret River’ one of the best loved books of 2006. Who was Grenville’s great-great-great grandfather, Solomon Wiseman, the Thames boatman sent as a convict to Australia in 1806? Grenville pursues her ancestor from Sydney to London and back, hoping to understand his life.  


Kate Grenville’s novel The Secret River was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and awarded the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize. The story of William Thornhill and his journey from London to the other side of the world has moved thousands of readers. Her previous novel, The Idea of Perfection, won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2001 and became a long-running bestseller. Her six other works of fiction have won numerous awards.  Kate Grenville lives in Sydney with her family.

Margot Waddell is a fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society and a consultant child and adolescent psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic. She has a doctorate in English Literature from Cambridge and has published many articles. Her most recent book, Inside Lives: psychoanalysis and the growth of the personality was published in 2002 by Karnac.

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