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The Secret River

by Kate Grenville, Diana Athill

Part of the Canons Series

The Secret River Synopsis

SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE WINNER OF THE 2006 COMMONWEALTH WRITERS' PRIZE LONGLISTED FOR THE IMPAC DUBLIN PRIZE London, 1806. William Thornhill, happily wedded to his childhood sweetheart Sal, is a waterman on the River Thames. Life is tough but bearable until William makes a mistake, a bad mistake for which he and his family are made to pay dearly. His sentence: to be transported to New South Wales for the term of his natural life. Soon Thornhill, a man no better or worse than most, has to make the most difficult decision of his life.

The Secret River Press Reviews

Reading The Secret River may put you off anything less accomplished for a while * * Daily Express * * Here is someone who can really write -- PETER CAREY A magnificent novel - an unflinching exploration of modern Australia's origins * * New Yorker * * A rich novel of character * * Sunday Telegraph * * Sumptuous . . . Brilliantly atmospheric * * Independent on Sunday * * Beautifully written * * Financial Times * * A vivid and moving portrayal of poverty, struggle and the search for peace * * Independent * * This is a novel everyone should read * * Irish Times * * Splendidly paced, passionate and disturbing * * The Times * * An outstanding study of cultures in collision . . . a chilling, meticulous account of the sorrows and evils of colonialism . . . Kate Grenville is a sophisticated writer * * Guardian * *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781782118879
Publication date: 24th July 2018
Author: Kate Grenville, Diana Athill
Publisher: Canongate Canons an imprint of Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 368 pages
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About Kate Grenville, Diana Athill

Kate Grenville's bestselling novel The Secret River received the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. The Idea of Perfection won the Orange Prize. Grenville's other novels include Sarah Thornhill, The Lieutenant, Lilian's Story, Dark Places and Joan Makes History.

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