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The Secret River
The Secret River | Kate Grenville
'Winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize and Australian Book Industry Awards, Book of the Year. 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. Inspired by research into her own family history, Kate Grenville vividly creates the reality of settler life, its longings, dangers and dilemmas. The Secret River is a groundbreaking story about identity, belonging and ownership. 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 ever'.
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Petelord
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Fabulous book about Australia past. Entertaining and informative

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Mitch
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Maybe I should give up on waiting for the sun to shine on London and dip into some fictional summer!

https://crimereads.com/australian-gothic-literature/

cathipink Love the Crime Reads site so much. 7mo
Mitch @cathipink it‘s good isn‘t it - I‘m not really a crime reader, I‘ll dabble a little. But the site always has something of interest! 7mo
jenniferw88 Thanks, just added 7 to the tbr - my ma dissertation was on 18th century gothic! 7mo
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Mitch @jenniferw88 enjoy!👏🏻 7mo
LapReader I‘ve read four out of the 10 and they were fantastic reads. Some have a mini series if you are interested and enjoy tv Ta for the share. 7mo
Mitch @LapReader do you have a favourite of them? 7mo
LapReader Definitely The Dry. 7mo
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ValPenny
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This was a recent book of the month in our book club. I hadn‘t read anything by the author before - but it is a brilliant historical novel & I highly recommend it.

Megabooks I enjoyed this too! 8mo
ValPenny It is beautifully written, isn‘t it Megabooks? - although some of the scenes are so violent, but sadly very accurate of the time. 8mo
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andrew61
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#winterwonderland #icanseethesuninlatedecember
I immediately thought about the experience of those people sentenced to be transported to Australia for their crimes and the idea of seasons turned upside down must have been disconcerting - that and all the other ignominies they suffered - this is a brilliant book which i loved and bizarrely the only by kate Grenville i have read - a timely reminder to read some more soon.

CarolynM I've started two Kate Grenville novels (including this one) and bailed on both. For some reason I can't explain even to myself I really don't like her writing. (edited) 13mo
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LapReader
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Just home from the second excellent meeting of my new book club Reading between the wines in my neighbouring apartment building. This was tonight‘s book. I took this picture as I deposited my finished copy in my building‘s book exchange and unknowingly picked up our next pick. Our hostess with the mostess made us Jamaican Jerk which was delicious. Our next meeting will be at our local pub, the Custom‘s House Hotel at happy hour of course.

CarolynM Sounds like you've found a good group. Enjoy! 1y
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eggreenfield09
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Enjoyed

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thewanderingbookmark
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This quote really got me thinking about colonialism and a nation as a collectively accepted concept.
What about those who don‘t accept the idea superimposed on a place? #aussielit

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Abailliekaras
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Amazing play directed by Neil Armfield and staged in a quarry. True, devastating and superb. No photos in the auditorium so this is us pre-show. 👏🏼

Marchpane Looks like a stunning location! 3y
Abailliekaras Amazing & very evocative @Marchpane - a special & devastating experience. 3y
LeeRHarry I heard Annabel Crabb raving about this on her Chat10Looks3 podcast - it sounded amazing! 3y
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MariettaSG
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Grenville writes quite nicely. Nothing new in the plot though. Sort of reasonable, if not a brief, brushed over history of the treatment of Indigenous Australians; reasonable in that it at least acknowledges that many who came as convicts or pioneers did kill, violate and abuse the traditional custodians of Australia. But I tend to agree with the above article. #24in48 12.5 hrs in. #LitsyAtoZ S. Now to cook dinner whilst reading a book.

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MariettaSG
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Starting to feel a little "vertiginous" myself. ♥️ finding words in books that I have forgotten about. I love the sound of this one Verrr, tijjj in erss. Even sounds swirling and lurching.

The quote in Fahrenheit 451 about the second great thing about books being the leisure to mull over them has powerful meaning for me right now, but I will plod on. It is a luxury to devote time, so much time to reading. ???

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McFarchie
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I'm not normally one for historical fiction, but I love this book ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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