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The Secret River

by Kate Grenville

Modern and Contemporary Fiction Historical fiction eBooks of the Month Literary Fiction

LoveReading Expert Review of The Secret River

One of Anne Berry's favourite books.

 

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2006.

An epic novel of the early settlers in Australia, of the plight of the Aborigines and the crushing of ambition by the pure hardship of developing the land.  We know the history but interestingly this leaves the reader to decide on the rights and wrongs as the facts are portrayed.  It’s a very grand, rich, multifaceted work indeed.

 

Comparison: Indra Sinha, Khaled Husseini, Barbara Kingsolver.

Sarah Broadhurst

The Secret River Synopsis

A deeply moving and unflinching journey into Australia's dark history, telling the story of two families divided by culture and land. William Thornhill arrives in New South Wales a convict from the slums of London. Upon earning his pardon he discovers that this new world offers something he didn't dare dream of: a place to call his own. But as he plants a crop and lays claim to the soil on the banks of the Hawkesbury River, he finds that this land is not his to take. Its ancient custodians are the Dharug people. The Secret River, adapted from Kate Grenville's acclaimed novel by playwright Andrew Bovell, was first performed in January 2013 at the Sydney Theatre, performed by Sydney Theatre Company. It has its UK premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival in August 2019, before coming to the National Theatre, London.

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781848428706
Publication date: 8th August 2019
Author: Kate Grenville
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 128 pages
Collections: 30 Novels Featuring The Lands Down Under,
Primary Genre Modern and Contemporary Fiction
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Kate Grenville Press Reviews

"Kate Grenville has transformed an Australian myth into a dazzling fiction of universal appeal. It is a pleasure to be able to praise a true novelist."
Patrick White
 

"Here is someone who can really write."
Peter Carey
 

"A powerful storyteller."
New York Times

Other editions of this book

ISBN: 9781848428706
Publication date: 08/08/2019
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781486297351
Publication date: 01/06/2015
Format: Audio disc

ISBN: 9781743161944
Publication date: 01/06/2013
Format: Audio disc

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About Kate Grenville

Kate Grenville was born in Sydney. Her most recent novel, The Idea of Perfection, won the Orange Prize for Fiction and became a long-running bestseller. Her five other works of fiction have won numerous awards. Kate Grenville lives in Sydney with her family.   Fellow novelist ANNE BERRY on KATE GRENVILLE Quite honestly words fail me when it comes to Kate Grenville’s Secret River. It stands alone. It is exemplary. We are whisked away from England in the company of convicted criminal William Thornhill and his wife, Sal, to a convict colony in Sydney, Australia. It is there ...

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