The lieutenant

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Canongate, 2009 - Fiction - 307 pages
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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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User Review  - brenzi - LibraryThing

Daniel Rooke has spent his entire life being an outsider. As a boy, growing up in Portsmouth in the 1760s, he was taunted by classmates for his inquisitive mind. He seemed to march to the beat of a ... Read full review

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User Review  - charlottejones952 - LibraryThing

This is an historical fiction book set in the late 1700s to early 1800s. It focusses on Daniel Rooke, a young man, discovering himself, as well as the new world in Australia along with it’s natives ... Read full review

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