xstorm-and-grace-jpg-pagespeed-ic-0_hpaw6j8rStorm and Grace

Storm and Grace, Kathryn Heyman’s sixth novel, released by Allen & Unwin in February 2017, is now available.

“Thrilling, sensual and unsparing, Storm and Grace taps the deep reservoirs of myth to reveal the secret violence that moves just beneath the surface of the everyday.” – James Bradley, critic and author of Clade


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Published 2013 by Allen & Unwin

“Kathryn Heyman’s fifth novel has a parable-like quality reminiscent of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road…. Indomitably redemptive.” – The Weekend Australian

“Full of dark humour…(a) poignant exploration of human behaviour in crisis.”
– The Sydney Morning Herald


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starlightCaptain Starlight’s Apprentice

Published in hardback by Hodder Headline in May 2006
Published in paperback by Headline 2007

Shortlisted for the Kibble Prize
Serialised on BBC Radio 4.

“A tour de force”  Melbourne Age

“An imaginative gusto that echoes the great Angela Carter.. Delightful.”
– The Times


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accompliceThe Accomplice

Published in hardback by Hodder Headline in May 2003
Winner Arts Council of England Writer’s Award
Shortlisted for W A Premier’s Prize

“A superb mix of lyricism and economy” Sunday Herald

“A cross between Robinson Crusoe and Lord of the Flies; a powerful read.”
– The Guardian


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handsKeep Your Hands on the Wheel

Published in hardback by Phoenix House (Orion) in June 1999
Southern Arts Writers Award
Adapted for BBC Radio 4

“Heyman’s impressively chameleon writing—now sparkling, then striking, twisting to ticklingly humoruous, then gently poetic—shines a bright light on the past itself in vivid, revelatory flashbacks…. It is brilliant.” The Scotsman

“This is a remarkable novel, funny and heartbreaking at the same time.”
– Glasgow Herald


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breaking-1The Breaking

Published in hardback by Phoenix House (Orion) in May 1997
Shortlisted for Scottish Writer of the Year
Longlisted for Orange Prize

“Heyman reveals her pedigree as a poet and playwright in stunning language and original imagery… profoundly moving.”
The Scotsman

‘”Haunting.. compelling.. the magnetism of a violent man is made palpable.”
– The Times


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Anthologised Essays and Short Fiction

Screen Shot 2013-12-22 at 13.47.20A Country Too Far

Edited by Rosie Scott and Tom Keneally
Published by Penguin, November 2013
(image on Drive link and in email)

“I DON’T think I’ve seen a more impressive collection of Australian writers in a single book… There’s a posse of Miles Franklin winners — Keneally, Anna Funder, Kim Scott, Alex Miller, Rodney Hall — and other celebrated novelists including Geraldine Brooks, Christos Tsiolkas, Elliot Perlman, Kathryn Heyman, Eva Hornung, Debra Adelaide, Gail Jones and Arnold Zable. Their subject is asylum-seekers… the writers make an eloquent plea for us to look past the “venom and cliche” and consider a more humane attitude to “the most marginalised people on earth” as Rosie Scott puts it in the introduction.”
– Stephen Romei, The Australian


mymotherMy Mother, My Father: On the Death of a Parent

Edited by Susan Wyndham
Published by Allen and Unwin, October 2013

Review here




creativeCreative Writing: Writers on Writing

Edited by Amal Chatterjee





gasLooking for Sylvia

Published in Gas and Air
Dawson and Daly, eds.
Bloomsbury, London, 2002




Published in Something Wicked, Susie Maguire and Amanda Hargreaves, eds.
Polygon, Edinburgh, 2002





Published in Wild Ways
Daly and Dawson, eds.
Sceptre, London, 1998
Read on BBC Radio 4, November 1998



scottishChasing Stallions

Published in Flamingo Book of New Scottish Writing
Mandy Kirkby, ed.
HarperCollins, London, 1997


No Name

Published in Shorts (The Best of the MacAllan)
Robert Alan Jamieson, ed.
Polygon, Edinburgh, 1998


Archetype and Shadow
Poetry collection, Dale Press Yorkshire, 1995

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