The secret river

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Canongate, 2006 - Fiction - 334 pages
21 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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Her writing is nothing short of brilliant. - Goodreads
The writer is especially good at imagery. - Goodreads
The book could never have had a happy ending. - Goodreads
She is a gorgeous writer. - Goodreads
That is made quite clear in Grenville's writing. - Goodreads

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  - Penny - Goodreads

This is a story about convicts and their lives when they arrive in Australia in the early years of the 19th century. The book follows a young couple who live in the East End of London. He earns his ... Read full review

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

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