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Kathryn speaks to ABC Nightlife about ‘Storm and Grace’

Anna MacDonald reviewed Storm and Grace in the Australian Book Review, writing:

“Like Charlotte Wood’s The Natural Way of Things (2015), it is an indictment of the complicity of the media and other forms of representation – film, chick lit, ‘[a]ll that Fifty Shades shit’ – in setting standards of women’s behaviour, especially as it pertains to romantic love…. What distinguishes Storm and Grace is its narrative voice and reliance upon mythological forms of storytelling. This book is about the stories we tell ourselves and others… most inventive… the story is told by a chorus of vengeful, Fury-like sirens, women who have suffered violently at the hands of men, and who imbue the story of Grace and Storm’s relationship with a sense of foreboding. These women lend the novel its narrative depth. Their siren song is a warning of the threat of gendered violence, but also, and perhaps most importantly, of the potentially lethal consequences of the kind of romantic love represented in this book….Storm and Grace, which should be read as employing (romantic) tropes in order to expose them for what they are: dangerous harbingers of terrible love.”

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The Guardian on Storm and Grace for their February round up

“Publisher Allen & Unwin has tagged Kathryn Heyman’s latest book a “literary thriller” but don’t expect a genre-bound police procedural. Heyman’s serious literary ability takes precedence in this story about male power and violence set in the curious world of free-diving… Heyman drives an utterly compelling narrative towards a shocking ending.” read it here …… Continue Reading

Louise Swinn reviews Storm and Grace in The Guardian

“Many other stories live in the subcutaneous levels of Storm and Grace, Kathryn Heyman’s ominous, luminous sixth novel…. Right now, we need a better understanding of the narrative of abuse – how it can start and how it continues, as well as the headlines we see all too often telling us how it ends. In… Continue Reading

New novel – ‘Storm and Grace’

Kathryn’s new novel, Storm and Grace, will be published by Allen & Unwin in February 2017. “Storm and Grace took my breath away.” Ashley Hay, author of The Railwayman’s Wife “Storm and Grace is a novel that seduces, murmuring in your ear, taking you into its own depths, shutting out the world so that you… Continue Reading

Early praise for ‘Floodline’

“Heyman’s cool-eyed compassion for her characters draws out their humanity while staring hard at their flaws. The marvel is that the frailty she discovers in her women and men turns out to be the foundation of their greatest strengths. It is a paradox notated in language of poetic force and loveliness. A moving, graceful and… Continue Reading

Floodline

Kathryn Heyman’s fifth novel, Floodline, is published early 2013 by Allen & Unwin. What remains after everything is washed away? Funny, moving and utterly compelling, Kathryn Heyman’s latest novel Floodline tells of the unexpected salvation that can be found on the edge of disaster. When the city of Horneville is destroyed by a flood on the eve of… Continue Reading

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