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The Secret River

Kate Grenville

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Text Publishing Company
03 June 2013
Fiction & Literature; Historical fiction
After a childhood of poverty and petty crime in the slums of London, William Thornhill is transported to New South Wales for the term of his natural life. With his wife Sal and children in tow, he arrives in a harsh land that feels at first like a death sentence. But among the convicts there is a whisper that freedom can be bought, an opportunity to start afresh. As Thornhill stakes his claim on a patch of ground by the Hawkesbury River, the battle lines between the old and new inhabitants are drawn. The critics agree, The Secret River is a masterpiece; a spellbinding Australian classic about ownership, belonging and identity with universal themes
By:   Kate Grenville
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 131mm,  Spine: 31mm
Weight:   246g
ISBN:   9781922147424
ISBN 10:   1922147427
Series:   Historical Trilogy
Publication Date:   03 June 2013
Audience:   College/higher education ,  General/trade ,  Primary ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for The Secret River

'Grenville's powerful telling of this story is so moving, so exciting, that you're barely aware of how heavy and profound its meaning is until you reach the end in a moment of stunned sadness.' * Washington Post * 'The Secret River is a masterwork, a book that transcends historical fiction and becomes something deeply contemporary and pressing.' * Chicago Tribune * '...Grenville's magnificent novel [is] an unflinching exploration of modern Australia's origins.' * New Yorker * 'A vivid and moving protrayal of poverty, struggle and the search for peace.' * Independent * 'An outstanding study of cultures in collision...chilling, meticulous account of the sorrows and evils of colonialism.' * Saturday Guardian * 'Splendidly paced, passionate and disturbing.' -- Salley Vickers * The Times * 'Kate Grenville's The Secret River stands out as a work of sustained power and imagination, of poetry and insight. No truer piece of fiction has been written about the Australian past.' -- Peter Temple * Weekend Australian * '...a powerful, highly credible account of how a limited man of good instincts becomes involved in enormity and atrocity.' -- Peter Craven * Age * 'The Secret River is a wonderful novel that will change the way we think about our past...I couldn't put it down.' -- Diana Gribble * Reader * 'There is no doubt Grenville is one of our greatest writers... A book everyone should read. It is evocative, gracefully written, terrible and confronting. And it has resonance for every Australian.' * Sunday Mail * 'One of the most entertaining, accomplished, engaging novels written in this country...We always knew Kate Grenville was good but this one is brilliant.' * Courier Mail * 'A few sentences of Grenville's makes one realize that much of the writing one encounters in a novel these days is thin and perfunctory. Reading The Secret River may put you off anything less accomplished for a while.' * Daily Express * 'Fabulous historical fiction.' * Australian * 'When William Thornhill steps ashore in 1806, it's as if no one has described the scene before him. Such is the power of Grenville's imagination that everything seems newly minted.' * Bulletin *


  • Winner of ABIA Australian Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2006.
  • Winner of Commonwealth Writers Prize 2006.
  • Winner of Commonwealth Writers' Prize 2006
  • Winner of Fellowship of Australian Writers (FAW) Awards: Christina Stead Award 2006.
  • Winner of Fellowship of Australian Writers' Christina Stead Award 2006 (Australia)
  • Winner of NSW Premier's Literary Awards: Community Relations Commission Award 2006.
  • Winner of The Commonwealth Writers Prize 2006.

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