The Secret River

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Read How You Want/Accessible, 2011 - Colonists - 448 pages
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'Winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize and Australian Book Industry Awards, Book of the Year. After a childhood of poverty and petty crime in the slums of London, William Thornhill is transported to New South Wales for the term of his natural life. With his wife Sal and children in tow, he arrives in a harsh land that feels at first like a death sentence. But among the convicts there is a whisper that freedom can be bought, an opportunity to start afresh. As Thornhill stakes his claim on a patch of ground by the Hawkesbury River, the battle lines between the old and new inhabitants are drawn. Inspired by research into her own family history, Kate Grenville vividly creates the reality of settler life, its longings, dangers and dilemmas. The Secret River is a groundbreaking story about identity, belonging and ownership. There is no doubt Grenville is one of our greatest writers. A book everyone should read. It is evocative, gracefully written, terrible and confronting. And it has resonance for ever'.

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Fascinating story, competent writing. - Goodreads
It was well written and easy to read. - Goodreads
I enjoyed the ending. - Goodreads
Gives a good insight on Australian history - Goodreads
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Review: The Secret River (Thornhill Family #1)

User Review  - Deirdre Flynn - Goodreads

Listened to audiobook. Thought it was well done. Often brutal tale about the colonization of Australia, combined with a sympathetic portrayal of certain colonists and the bleak choices they faced. Read full review

Review: The Secret River (Thornhill Family #1)

User Review  - The-walking-dead - Goodreads

3.5 stars. Quite good. Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Kate Grenville was born in Sydney in 1950. She currently lives in Sydney. She is one of Australia┐s best-known authors. She is the winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Commonwealth Writers┐ Prize, and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. She will be at the Oz, New Zealand festival of literature and arts program in London in 2015.

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