Kate Rossmanith

Author, Essayist & Academic

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Small Wrongs

Kate Rossmanith's Small Wrongs: How we really say sorry in love, life and law (UK & Australia, Hardie Grant Books, 2018) is a hybrid work of nonfiction combining field research, philosophy, and life writing. It is about remorse in the justice system and remorse in our everyday personal lives. What does it mean to demand an apology from someone? How can you ever tell if a person is truly sorry for what they have done?

Small Wrongs has been nominated for Australian and international literary awards, including being longlisted for the 2018 UK Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction Writing.

"A delicate inquiry that moves with grace between public and private pain." - Helen Garner

"Small Wrongs is memoir-writing at its best"  - Sydney Morning Herald

“Small Wrongs is a powerful consideration of remorse, and whether we can ever truly know it when we see it. The central thread of this absorbing book is Rossmanith’s search for the elusive legal, moral, and personal reality of remorse.” - Readings

"I love this book. Rossmanith does everything I want a nonfiction writer to do. Small Wrongs is dazzling." - Claire Dederer


Praise for Small Wrongs

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About Kate

Kate is an author, essayist, and academic. Her book, Small Wrongs, a hybrid memoir about remorse in the justice system and in our everyday personal lives, was published in June 2018 by Hardie Grant Books.