The Secret River

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Grove/Atlantic, Incorporated, Dec 1, 2007 - Fiction - 352 pages
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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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Being an American, we all know about the founding and settlement of America. This book provides great insight on the founding of Australia. We share a lot in common with Australians including the tension the settlers had with the aboriginal peoples.
I like a book like this enormously, a book where one learns history by focusing on the lives of the characters.
I highly recommend. this book.

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The Secret River is a historical fiction about an early 19th century Englishman, William Thornhill, who was transported to Sydney for theft. When he was later freed, he tried to make a living as a ... Read full review

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Kate Grenville was born in Sydney. Her most recent novel, The Idea of Perfection, won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2001 and became a long-running bestseller. Her five other works of fiction have won numerous awards. Kate Grenville lives in Sydney with her family.

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