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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.
About the Author
Dr. Kate Grenville FAAH (born 14 October 1950) is one of Australia's best-known authors. She has published nine novels, a collection of short stories, and four books about the writing process. Her books have been awarded many prizes in Australia, as well as the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and Britain's Orange Prize.
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History comes to life
Factual accounts of early European settlement in Australia can seem dull but In 'The secret river' Kate Grenville brings history to life. The story of William Thornhill is fictional but is closely based on the life of Solomon Wiseman, a lighterman on the river Thames, who was transported to Australia for stealing timber.
The book follows his life story from convict to businessman, landowner, and wealthy emancipist. However it is much more than that. We share his wife's struggles with loneliness and isolation and see the different responses of European settlers to the enormous challenges of life in a new land.
Most importantly, we see the clash of two cultures, so different from each other that conflict is inevitable and tragic.
Read the book then visit Wiseman's Ferry. You will see history with new eyes.
The Secret River
'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 'A powerful, highly credible account of how a limited man of good instincts becomes involved in enormity and atrocity.' -- Peter Craven Age 'Kate Grenville's The Secret River stands out as a work of sustained power and imagination, of poetry and insight. No truer piece of fiction has been written about the Australian past.' -- Peter Temple Weekend Australian 'Splendidly paced, passionate and disturbing.' -- Salley Vickers The Times 'An outstanding study of cultures in collision...chilling, meticulous account of the sorrows and evils of colonialism.' Saturday Guardian 'A vivid and moving protrayal of poverty, struggle and the search for peace.' Independent 'Grenville's magnificent novel [is] an unflinching exploration of modern Australia's origins.' New Yorker 'The Secret River is a masterwork, a book that transcends historical fiction and becomes something deeply contemporary and pressing.' Chicago Tribune 'Grenville's powerful telling of this story is so moving, so exciting, that you're barely aware of how heavy and profound its meaning is until you reach the end in a moment of stunned sadness.' Washington Post
ISBN: 9781925240061 ISBN-10: 9781925240061 Series: Historical Trilogy Audience:
Number Of Pages: 352 Published: 27th May 2015 Country of Publication: AU Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Type: Media tie-in