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The Secret River

The Secret River

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 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. On arrival in this harsh and alien land, William takes a hundred acres of land for himself and is shocked to find aboriginal people are already living on the river.

About the Author

Kate Grenville

Kate Grenville was born in Sydney in October 1950 and spent seven years in Europe and the USA working and studying.

She holds degrees from the University of Sydney and the University of Colorado and has worked as a film editor, journalist, typist and teacher. Her novels include The Idea of Perfection (2002) which won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2001.

The Secret River won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 2006 and was shortlisted for The Man Booker Prize in the same year. Grenville has also written two non-fiction books and currently lives in Sydney with her husband and two children.