The Orange Prize-winning author Kate Grenville recalls her family's history in an astounding novel about the pioneers of New South Wales. Already a best seller in Australia, The Secret River is the story of Grenville's ancestors, who wrested a new life from the alien terrain of Australia and its native people. London, 1806.
William Thornhill, a Thames bargeman, is deported to the New South Wales colony in what would become Australia. In this new world of convicts and charlatans, Thornhill tries to pull his family into a position of power and comfort. When he rounds a bend in the Hawkesbury River and sees a gentle slope of land, he becomes determined to make the place his own. But, as uninhabited as the island appears, Australia is full of native people, and they do not take kindly to Thornhill's theft of their home.
The Secret River is the tale of Thornhill's deep love for his small corner of the new world, and his slow realization that if he wants to settle there, he must ally himself with the most despicable of the white settlers, and to keep his family safe, he must permit terrifying cruelty to come to innocent people.
About the Author
Kate Grenville was born in Sydney and holds degrees from Sydney University and the University of Colorado. In 1984 her first book, a collection of stories - Bearded Ladies - was published. Since then she has published six novels and four books about the writing process. Her works of fiction have been published to acclaim in Australia and overseas and have won state and national awards and her books about the writing process are used in many writing courses in schools and universities. Much-loved novels such as Lilian's Story (1985), Dark Places (1995) and Joan Makes History (1988) have become classics, admired by critics and general readers alike. The Secret River (2005) has won many prizes, including the Commonwealth Prize for Literature and the Christina Stead Prize, and has been an international best-seller. The Idea of Perfection (2000) won the Orange Prize. Kate Grenville lives in Sydney with her family.
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Comments about The Secret River:
I read this book whilst holidaying on the Hawkesbury and it brought the river's past to life. I could almost see the traders' boats and smoke curling from campfires....I was at a loss when finished and look forward to the sequels.
I loved the story but the format was lacking. The cover was extremely flimsy (soft)- if I'd have known this I would have selected a different copy from the site.
Service and delivery comments:
Delivery was prompt and goods arrived in excellent condition
I would prefer to know exact format of book- size, sort of paperback cover, font size.
"Magnificent . . . Grenville's psychological acuity, and the sheer gorgeousness of her descriptions of the territory being fought over, pulls us ever deeper into a time when one community's opportunity spelled another's doom." --"The New Yorker"
"Unforgettable...A masterwork." -"Chicago Tribune"
"Grenville [writes] with such inventive energy, descriptive verve and genuine love of revitalizing history that you'll bite the hand that tries to haul you away from this book...[it] is fabulous historical fiction." -"The Australian"
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
Number Of Pages: 334
Published: 10th April 2007
Publisher: Canongate Books
Dimensions (cm): 20.8 x 14.0 x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.31