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The Secret River [Kindle Edition]

Kate Grenville
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)

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Grenville, as ever, describes an Australia so overwhelmingly beautiful that readers will lust after its sunbaked soul too. (Daily Telegraph )

In this dazzling novel . . . Grenville achieves a fine balance of sympathy for the Aboriginal population of her native Australia . . .Stunning. (The Independent )

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"Fabulous historical fiction." (The Australian)

"One of the most entertaining, accomplished, engaging novels written in this country." (The Courier Mail)

"The Secret River is a powerful, highly credible account of how a limited man of good instincts becomes involved in enormity and atrocity. It is, at one remove, a sane and moving allegory of Australian development. It has quiet drama and drama of the hectic ghastly breakneck kind. It would make a fine film.It has the subtlety of being a sort of Swiss Family Robinson saga about the Australian dream. In historical terms it dramatises the settler's dream and it all but climaxes in its representation of the Australian nightmare. Then there is calm and sadness and the colour drained from the dream. The Secret River is a historical novel, full of contemporary insight and it is also a subtle expression in fictional terms of the myth of collective guilt for the fate of the Aborigines. It is to Kate Grenville's credit that she never surrenders her sense of the individual faces she captures as she tells this story. I suspect a lot of readers are going to find this book both subtle and satisfying." (The Age)

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Grenville, as ever, describes an Australia so overwhelmingly beautiful that readers will lust after its sunbaked soul too' Daily Telegraph

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London, 1807. William Thornhill, happily wedded to his childhood sweetheart Sal, is a waterman on the River Thames. Life is tough but bearable until William makes a mistake, a bad mistake for which he and his family are made to pay dearly. His sentence: to be transported to New South Wales for the term of his natural life. The Thornhills arrive in this harsh and alien land that they cannot understand and which feels like a death sentence. But among the convicts there is a rumour that freedom can be bought, that 'unclaimed' land up the Hawkesbury offers an opportunity to start afresh, far away from the township of Sydney. When William takes a hundred acres for himself he is shocked to find Aboriginal people already living on the river. And other recent arrivals - Thomas Blackwood, Smasher Sullivan and Mrs Herring - are finding their own ways to respond to them. Soon Thornhill, a man neither better nor worse than most, has to make the most difficult decision of his life.

About the Author

Kate Grenville's books have been published in translation in seven languages. Her novel The Idea of Perfection won the Orange Prize. She lives in Sydney with her family.
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