The Lieutenant

The Lieutenant

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By (author) Kate Grenville

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  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 20mm | 235g
  • Publication date: 4 February 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
  • ISBN 10: 1847673473
  • ISBN 13: 9781847673473
  • Sales rank: 1,523

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In 1788 Daniel Rooke sets out on a journey that will change the course of his life. As a lieutenant in the First Fleet, he lands on the wild and unknown shores of New South Wales. There he sets up an observatory to chart the stars. But this country will prove far more revelatory than the stars above. Based on real events, The Lieutenant tells the unforgettable story of Rooke's connection with an Aboriginal child - a remarkable friendship that resonates across the oceans and the centuries.

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Kate Grenville is one of Australia's best-loved authors. Her works of fiction have won numerous awards both in Australia and internationally. The Idea of Perfection won the 2001 Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction and became a long-running bestseller. In 2006 The Secret River won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Searching For The Secret River, the story behind this novel, is also available from Canongate, alongside her first novel, Lilian's Story. Kate Grenville lives in Sydney, and maintains a website at www.users.bigpond.com/kgrenville.

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By Sarah Nattey 04 Aug 2010 5

This book was un-put-down-able! Grenville's descriptions are so real you can smell, touch and see the characters and their surroundings. I lived in Sydney for 5 years but really didn't stop to think much about the first settlers and the impact on the local indiginous people. This is a great history lesson wrapped up in an excellent piece of fiction, and a must for those of you who, like me, grew up as white Australians thinking we were entitled to whatever we wanted, and have since learned better manners.

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'Grenville's prose is clear and clean, employing a gently leading storytelling style that is especially welcome with a foreign land and a foreign time ... Grenville has brought imagination and compassion to the source of so much of Australia's retroactive hand-wringing. What distinguishes her portrayal of Aboriginal culture is that or once appreciation, sympathy and admiration get the better of impotent guilt.' Daily Telegraph