The secret river

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Canongate, 2006 - Fiction - 334 pages
9 Reviews
In 1806 William Thornhill, an illiterate English bargeman and a man of quick temper but deep compassion, steals a load of wood and, as a part of his lenient sentence, is deported, along with his beloved wife, Sal, to the New South Wales colony in what would become Australia. "The Secret River" is the tale of William and Sal's deep love for their small, exotic corner of the new world, and William's gradual realization that if he wants to make a home for his family, he must forcibly take the land from the people who came before him. Acclaimed around the world, "The Secret River" is a magnificent, transporting work of historical fiction.

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Review: The Secret River (Thornhill Family #1)

User Review  - Glenn T. Ryan - Goodreads

The Secret River follows the life of young convict, William Thornhill, and his progression from a Thames waterman to a convict in colonial Australia. Will wants nothing more than to own his own patch ... Read full review

Review: The Secret River (Thornhill Family #1)

User Review  - Glee - Goodreads

Heart-breaking, difficult telling of the early settlment of New South Wales (now Australia) by English convicts. As horrifying as it gets at times, it feels like an emotionally truthful telling. The ... Read full review

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Kate Grenville was born in Sydney in 1950. She currently lives in Sydney.

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