The lieutenant

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Canongate, 2009 - Fiction - 307 pages
18 Reviews
As a boy, Daniel Rooke was always an outsider. At school he learned to hide his clever thoughts from his cruel peers; at home his parents were bemused by their bookish son. Daniel could only hope ' against all the evidence ' that he would one day find his place in life. By 1788, Daniel has become Lieutenant Rooke, astronomer with the First Fleet as it lands on the unknown shores of New South Wales. As the newcomers struggle to establish a settlement for themselves and their cargo of convicts, and attempts are made to communicate with those who already inhabit this land, Rooke sets up his observatory to chart the stars. But the place where they have landed will prove far more revelatory than the night sky. Out on his isolated point, Rooke comes to know the local Aboriginal people, and forges a remarkable connection with one child, which will change his life in ways he never imagined. Based on real events, Kate Grenville's stunning new novel conveys the poignancy and emotional power of an extraordinary friendship, and how through it a man might find himself: a story that resonates across the oceans and across the centuries.

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I love her style of writing, but I don't know. - Goodreads
It was so easy to read. - Goodreads
A slightly earlier ending would have been stronger. - Goodreads
Besides, Grenville is a good writer! - Goodreads

Review: The Lieutenant (Thornhill Family #2)

User Review  - Russell - Goodreads

I love Kate Grenville's writing, and on the whole this book is as enjoyable to read as any other by this author. However, one thing is doing my head in: the names of the characters. The story is based ... Read full review

Review: The Lieutenant (Thornhill Family #2)

User Review  - Kay - Goodreads

We have just read this for our book group, this is my 2nd reading. it is quite rare that we all love a book but this is one of those books. It is a very simple story but told in a profound way that ... Read full review

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