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The Secret River

Editorial Review - Books+Publishing - Thorpe-Bowker and Contributors

I must confess I came to The Secret River by Kate Grenville rather reluctantly, even though I had loved many of Kate's earlier books, indeed felt I had grown up with her work in particular Lilian's Story (1985) and Joan Makes History (1988). And when Idea of Perfection broke away from the pack and scooped the Orange Prize 2001 despite being the 7-1 outsider, the bookies favourite being Blind ... Read full review


Editorial Review - Kirkus - Jane Doe

A riveting narrative unfolds into a chilling allegory of the mechanics and the psychology of colonialism in the veteran Australian author's rich historical novel.In a follow-up to her Orange Prize-winning The Idea of Perfection (2002), Grenville reaches back to Australia's origins, in an expansive tale similar in plot and theme to Patrick White's 1976 masterpiece, A Fringe of Leaves. It's the ... Read full review

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