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The Secret River Paperback – 7 Sep 2006

4.2 out of 5 stars 225 customer reviews
Book 1 of 1 in the Colonial Trilogy Series

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (7 Sept. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184195828X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841958286
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 225 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 582,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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, 1/09/06

a vivid evocation of the rawest kind of colonialism -- Waterstone's Books Quarterly

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This story is set in 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...

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