Searching for the Secret River

Searching for the Secret River : The Story Behind the Bestselling Novel

By (author) Kate Grenville

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Kate Grenville's "The Secret River" was one of the most loved novels of 2006. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize and awarded the Commonwealth Writer's Prize, the story of William Thornhill and his journey from London to the other side of the world has moved and exhilarated hundreds of thousands of readers. "Searching for the Secret River" tells the story of how Grenville came to write this wonderful book. It is in itself an amazing story, beginning with Grenville's great-great-great grandfather. Grenville starts to investigate her ancestor, hoping to understand his life. She pursues him from Sydney to London and back, and slowly she begins to realise she must write about him. "Searching for the Secret River" maps this creative journey into fiction, and illuminates the importance of family in all our lives.

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 129.54 x 195.58 x 17.78mm | 204.12g
  • 05 Jul 2007
  • Canongate Books Ltd
  • Edinburgh
  • English
  • Illustrated
  • Main
  • 1847670024
  • 9781847670021
  • 15,583

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Kate Grenville was born in Sydney. Her last novel, The Secret River, is tremendously successful. Her previous novel, The Idea of Perfection, won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2001 and became a long-running bestseller. Her six other works of fiction have won numerous awards. Kate Grenville lives in Sydney with her family.

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"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 "Grenville, as ever, describes an Australia so overwhelmingly beautiful that readers will lust after its sunbaked soul too." Daily Telegraph "A sad book, beautifully written and, at times, almost unbearable with the weight of loss, competing distresses and the impossibility of making amends." Observer "Grenville's skill is to turn what could have been too obviously a representative moral fable into a rich novel of character." Sunday Telegraph"

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