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Publisher Description

Winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize and Australian Book Industry Awards, Book of the Year.


After a childhood of poverty and petty crime in the slums of London, William Thornhill is transported to New South Wales for the term of his natural life. With his wife Sal and children in tow, he arrives in a harsh land that feels at first like a death sentence. But among the convicts there is a whisper that freedom can be bought, an opportunity to start afresh. As Thornhill stakes his claim on a patch of ground by the Hawkesbury River, the battle lines between the old and new inhabitants are drawn.


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 groundbreaking story about identity, belonging and ownership.


'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

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2005
1 July
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
352
Pages
PUBLISHER
The Text Publishing Company
SELLER
Text Publishing
SIZE
1.6
MB

Customer Reviews

Delg534 ,

The Secret River

Beautifully written.

Manuel Cervera ,

Must read for all Australians

Fascinating look into Australia's early history. Perspective changing read- really opened my eyes to the clash of cultures and why the early settlers were the way they were and why the Aboriginals did what they did.

Callumbeag ,

The Secret River

A fascinating historical novel. A must for anyone who loves the Hawkesbury and dreams of a 'dream time'.

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