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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

ABC Radio

I chatted to James O Loughlin on ABC Radio, with the starting point of that old chestnut – can creative writing be taught? He’s a lovely interviewer – stay tuned for the series on whether or not dance can be taught. Or architecture (really, you just draw a few lines on a page, anyone can… Continue Reading

Channel Ten Breakfast TV

I had a chat with the folk at the Channel Ten Breakfast Show on Tuesday 8 May at some ungodly hour (8 am if you’re asking). You can have a look via the Breakfast website for some (super) condensed top tips for how to write a damned good book. Or a blessedly good book, come to that.… Continue Reading

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