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Publisher Description

Winner of the Australian Book Industry Awards, General Fiction Book of the Year and shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction, 2012.

This is the story of Sarah Thornhill, youngest child of the family at the heart of Kate Grenville’s multi-award-winning novel The Secret River.

Her stepmother calls her wilful, but handsome Jack Langland loves her and she loves him. Me and Jack, she thinks, what could go wrong?

But there’s an ugly secret in Sarah’s family. That secret takes her into the darkness of the past, and across the ocean to the wild coasts of New Zealand. Among the strangers of that other place, she can begin to understand.

Sarah Thornhill, a novel by one of our greatest writers, is about love lost and found, tangled histories, and how it matters to keep stories alive.

‘Grenville inhabits characters with a rare completeness…She writes with a poet’s sense of rhythm and imagery.’ Guardian

Kate Grenville is one of Australia’s finest writers. She won the Orange Prize in 2001 for The Idea of Perfection. The Secret River, published in more than twenty countries, was awarded the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and was shortlisted for both the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Man Booker Prize. The Lieutenant was shortlisted for the New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australian Premiers’ Awards.


Fiction & Literature
29 August
The Text Publishing Company
Text Publishing

Customer Reviews

Wuvvie ,

Deeply moving historical fiction

For anyone with an interest in Australia's past, this book is an excellent read. As with all of Kate Grenville's books written about this time, this novel offers a rare glimpse of what life in rural NSW may have been like: the isolation, the distances and how hard it was to travel them, as well as the fabric of those who made up society. This book continues the theme of examining the colonists' treatment of and devastating impact on First Nations. Unusually, the tension and interest of the book actually built towards the end, being a bit of a slow burner to start. Definitely worth a read!

Mihc71 ,

What did I just read??

Honestly...don’t waste your time. This book was obviously written because it was in the contract to produce a book or else. Makes no sense, rambles with absolute garbage. Very, very disappointed.

Janet Reudavey ,

Sarah Thornhill

The book was riveting up until the last chapter. It felt as if the author was unsure how to end the book. Also quite bizarre why Sarah would leave her husband & child to go somewhere unknown & risky for what ?? At one point a para was repeated but with variation - think the proof reader must have nodded off !

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