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In this rollicking, irreverent tour de force, Kate Grenville rewrites the familiar past. Joan is a woman of no great distinction, but in the life of her imagination she is in the front line of events, cheerfully altering history. Joan Makes History was first published in 1988 and was funded by the Australian Bicentennial Authority to celebrate 200 years of history. Kate Grenville is an award-winning novelist with a distinctively witty style.
Kate Grenville is one of Australia's finest writers. Her early works, which include Lilian's Story, Dark Places and Joan Makes History, have become modern classics and are admired by critics and readers around the world. Her 1992 novel, The Idea of Perfection, was a bestseller and winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction, Britain's most valuable literary award. In 2006 Kate Grenville was awarded the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the NSW Premier's Literary Award for The Secret River, and the novel was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Her latest book is the highly praised 2008 novel The Lieutenant. Kate lives in New South Wales.