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The Secret River - Kate Grenville

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In 1806 William Thornhill, a man of quick temper and deep feelings, is transported from the slums of London to New South Wales for the term of his natural life. With his wife Sal and their children he arrives in a harsh land he cannot understand.But the colony can turn a convict into a free man.

Eight years later Thornhill sails up the Hawkesbury to claim a hundred acres for himself.Aboriginal people already live on that river. And other recent arrivals—Thomas Blackwood, Smasher Sullivan and Mrs Herring—are finding their own ways to respond to them.

Thornhill, a man neither better nor worse than most, soon has to make the most difficult choice of his life.

Inspired by research into her own family history, Kate Grenville vividly creates the reality of settler life, its longings, dangers and dilemmas. The Secret River is a brilliantly written book, a groundbreaking story about identity, belonging and ownership.

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4.0

Early Australian historical fiction

By Jane

from Sydney

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      A very well written historical fiction about the early settlement of Australia that doesn't shy away from harsh realities faced by the settlers. Interesting to read about the Hawkesbury area.

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      5.0

      Thoroughly enjoyable reading.

      By Diny Bird

      from Perth, AU

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          Can't wait to read the sequel!

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          'When William Thornhill steps ashore in 1806, it's as if no one has described the scene before him. Such is the power of Grenville's imagination that everything seems newly minted.' Bulletin

          'Fabulous historical fiction.' Australian

          'A few sentences of Grenville's makes one realize that much of the writing one encounters in a novel these days is thin and perfunctory. Reading The Secret River may put you off anything less accomplished for a while.' Daily Express

          'One of the most entertaining, accomplished, engaging novels written in this country...We always knew Kate Grenville was good but this one is brilliant.' Courier Mail

          'There is no doubt Grenville is one of our greatest writers... A book everyone should read. It is evocative, gracefully written, terrible and confronting. And it has resonance for every Australian.' Sunday Mail

          Kate Grenville

          Kate Grenville is one of Australia's best-known authors. She's published eight books of fiction and four books about the writing process. Her best-known works are the international best-seller The Secret River, The Idea of Perfection, The Lieutenant and Lilian's Story.

          Her novels have won many awards both in Australia and the UK, several have been made into major feature films, and all have been translated into European and Asian languages.

          Visit Kate Grenville's Booktopia Author Page


          ISBN: 9781922147424
          ISBN-10: 1922147427
          Audience: General
          Format: Paperback
          Language: English
          Number Of Pages: 352
          Published: 3rd May 2013
          Country of Publication: AU
          Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 12.8  x 2.2
          Weight (kg): 20.0