Searching For The Secret River

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9780002007115: Searching For The Secret River

The Secret River was Kate Grenville’s tour de force novel, an award-winning international bestseller that was also a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and the Miles Franklin A ward. And yet, this stunningly executed tale began life as a non-fiction book when Grenville embarked on a quest to know her ancestor, Solomon Wiseman, an E nglish convict sent to New South Wales. Wiseman soon morphed into The Secret River’s protagonist, William Thornhill.

In Searching for the Secret River, Grenville invites the reader into her writing room to lay bare her creative journey, transforming the dry facts of history into. powerful fiction. She not only reveals the wrong turns and exhilarating breakthroughs of research and writing but also peels back the guilt that overwhelms her after discovering that Wiseman, in true colonial fashion, took land and livelihood from the Australian Aboriginal people. The result is a vivid history of a novel that is, at once, a history of a family and of a country still struggling to reconcile its past and present.

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KATE GRENVILLE was born in Sydney, Australia. Her bestselling novel The Secret River has won numerous international awards, including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book. It was also a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and the Miles Franklin Award. The Idea of Perfection won the Orange Prize for Fiction, Britain’s most valuable literary award. Grenville is also the author of several other novels and three books on the craft of writing. She lives in Sydney with her family. Visit her online at kategrenville.com.

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Grenville's skill is to turn what could have been too obviously a representative moral fable into a rich novel of character. * Sunday Telegraph * Grenville, as ever, describes an Australia so overwhelmingly beautiful that readers will lust after its sunbaked soul too. * Daily Telegraph * 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 *

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