The Secret River (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Secret River William Thornhill 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. They arrive in this harsh land that they cannot understand and which feels like a death sentence.
- Published: 07 September 2006
- Format: Paperback 352 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781841958286 ISBN 10: 184195828X
- Sales rank: 22,634
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Full description for The Secret River
This story is set in London, 1807. 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, a bad 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. The Thornhills arrive in this harsh and alien land that they cannot understand and which feels like a death sentence. But, among the convicts there is a rumour that freedom can be bought, that 'unclaimed' land up the Hawkesbury offers an opportunity to start afresh, far away from the township of Sydney. When William takes a hundred acres for himself, he is shocked to find Aboriginal people already living on the river. And other recent arrivals - Thomas Blackwood, Smasher Sullivan and Mrs. Herring - are finding their own ways to respond to them. Soon Thornhill, a man neither better nor worse than most, has to make the most difficult decision of his life...