The Idea of Perfection

Author(s): Kate Grenville; Neil Armfield (Introduction by)

Australian Fiction

Kate Grenville's Orange-Prize winning novel The Idea of Perfectionis the story of the small town of Karakarook, and of Douglas Cheeseman and Harley Savage--two people who seem the least likely in the world to fall in love. Unlike Felicity Porcelline, a woman dangerously haunted by the idea of perfection, they come to understand that what looks like weakness can be the best kind of strength.

Kate Grenvilleis one of Australia's finest writers. Her bestselling novel The Secret Riverhas been published in more than twenty countries. It has received numerous awards, including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. The companion memoir, Searching for the Secret River, was released in 2006. The Idea of Perfectionwon Britain's prestigious Orange Prize for Fiction, and her other novels include Sarah Thornhill, The Lieutenant, Lilian's Story, Dark Placesand Joan Makes History.

'An extraordinary comedy of manners.' Guardian

'A rare treat to read.' The Times

'Each word, each sentence, each paragraph shines and gleams.' West Australian


Product Information

* Introduction to be placed in a broadsheet newspaper or literary magazine * Advertisements in literary publications such as ABR and on their associated websites * Budget for bookseller Christmas catalogues

Winner of Orange Prize 2001.

Kate Grenville is one of Australia's finest writers. Her bestselling novel The Secret River has been published in more than twenty countries. It has received numerous awards, including the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. The companion memoir, Searching for the Secret River, was released in 2006. The Idea of Perfection won Britain's prestigious Orange Prize for Fiction, and her other novels include Sarah Thornhill, The Lieutenant, Lilian's Story, Dark Places and Joan Makes History.

General Fields

  • : 9781922182470
  • : Text Publishing Company
  • : Text Publishing Company
  • : October 2014
  • : 198mm X 128mm
  • : Australia
  • : November 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : 1214
  • : English
  • : 823/.914
  • : 416
  • : Kate Grenville; Neil Armfield (Introduction by)