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The Secret River

by Kate Grenville

Category: Fiction / G - I
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Publication date: 7 September 2006
Number of pages: 352
Prizes: Winner of Commonwealth Writers Prize 2006.
Shortlisted for Miles Franklin Literary Award 2006.
Shortlisted for Booker Prize for Fiction 2006.

William Thornhill is a waterman on the River Thames. Life is tough but bearable until William makes a 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. They arrive in this harsh land that they cannot understand and which feels like a death sentence.

What the papers say:
"We have had to wait five years for The Secret River but the wait has been worth it... Splendidly paced, passionate and disturbing." The Times "Grenville, as ever, describes an Australia so overwhelmingly beautiful that readers will lust after its sunbaked soul too." Daily Telegraph "A sad book, beautifully written and, at times, almost unbearable with the weight of loss, competing distresses and the impossibility of making amends." Observer "Grenville's skill is to turn what could have been too obviously a representative moral fable into a rich novel of character." Sunday Telegraph"

Author's Biography:
Kate Grenville was born in Sydney. Her last novel, The Idea of Perfection, won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2001 and became a long-running bestseller. Her five other works of fiction have won numerous awards. Kate Grenville lives in Sydney with her family.

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