The Secret River

Synopsis

In 1806 William Thornhill, a man of quick temper and deep feelings, is transported from the slums of London to New South Wales for the term of his natural life. With his wife Sal and their children he arrives in a harsh land he cannot understand.But the colony can turn a convict into a free man.Eight years later Thornhill sails up the Hawkesbury to claim a hundred acres for himself.Aboriginal people already live on that river. And other recent arrivals—Thomas Blackwood, Smasher Sullivan and Mrs Herring—are finding their own ways to respond to them.Thornhill, a man neither better nor worse than most, soon has to make the most difficult choice of his life.‘Fabulous historical fiction.’ The Australian  Winner, Commonwealth Writers' Prize, 2006Winner, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, Christina Stead Prize and Community Relations Award, 2006Winner, Fellowship of Australian Writers' Christina Stead Award, 2006Winner, Literary Fiction Book of the Year and Book of the Year, Australian Book Industry Awards, 2006#69 Australia's Top 100 2016
Kate Grenville
About the author

Kate Grenville

Kate Grenville is one of Australia’s most celebrated writers. Her international bestseller The Secret River was awarded local and overseas prizes, has been adapted for the stage and as an acclaimed television miniseries, and is now a much-loved classic. Grenville’s other novels include Sarah Thornhill, The Lieutenant, Dark Places and the Orange Prize winner The Idea of Perfection. Her most recent books are two works of non-fiction, One Life: My Mother’s Story and The Case Against Fragrance. She has also written three books about the writing process. In 2017 Grenville was awarded the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. She lives in Melbourne.

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