The lieutenant

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Canongate, 2009 - Fiction - 307 pages
19 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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Easy reading, but insightful, intelligent writing. - Goodreads
I love her style of writing, but I don't know. - 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  - John Pollard - Goodreads

Very good, could be a 5 * and would like to read her other books. Easy reading, but insightful, intelligent writing. Rooke is on the first ship of prisoners in 1788 to colonise with prisoners, landing ... Read full review

Review: The Lieutenant (Thornhill Family #2)

User Review  - Jennifer - Goodreads

I liked this historical novel by Kate Grenville so much better than the first one in the [Colonial Trilogy]. I think partly because she spent most of her time with one character, lovingly showing us ... Read full review

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