Sarah Thornhill

Sarah Thornhill

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Sarah Thornhill is the youngest child of William Thornhill, convict-turned-landowner on the Hawkesbury River. Her stepmother calls her willful, but handsome Jack Langland loves her and she loves him. Me and Jack, she thinks, how could it go wrong?

But there's an ugly secret in Sarah's family. That secret takes her into the darkness of the past, and across the ocean to the wild coasts of New Zealand. Among the strangers of that other place, she can begin to understand.

Kate Grenville takes us back to the early Australia of The Secret River and the Thornhill family. This is Sarah's story. It's a story of love lost and found, tangled histories and how it matters to keep stories alive.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 154 x 232 x 28mm | 439.98g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Signed - Signed
  • 0857862553
  • 9780857862556
  • 21,316

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Grenville inhabits characters with a rare completeness . . . She writes with a poet's sense of rhythm and imagery * * Guardian * * Here is someone who can really write -- Peter Carey I was thrilled to find myself back beside the river I'd come to know so well in The Secret River. The power with which Kate Grenville evokes places and people is so remarkable that I could remember the smell of the air there - and it was no surprise to discover that Sarah Thornhill's story is as gripping and illuminating as her father's was -- Diana Athill A graceful, passionate story of love, loss and treacherous family histories. * * Marie Claire * * Beautifully written. * * We Love This Book * * Be warned: [Sarah Thornhill] will wrench your heart ... Grenville's description of the harshly beautiful Australian landscape is unforgettable, more poetry than prose. * * Guardian * * Immensely readable * * Sunday Times * * Both brilliant fiction and illuminating personal history -- Arifa Akbar * * The Independent * * This powerful saga of colliding histories blends romance and honesty -- Mary Shine Thompson * * The Irish Independent * * It is with often marvellous vividness and clarity that Grenville evokes Sarah's world [she] is well inhabited by her creator, and through the eyes of this young woman, the physical and cultural strangenesses of a nation still clambering into existence spring richly to life -- Belinda McKeon * * The Guardian * * Her voice has an attractive personality and proves adept at describing the landscape and those who struggle to survive in its unforgiving beauty * * The Daily Telegraph * * Kate Grenville has completed her trilogy with another enthralling tale -- Ion Trewin * * Sunday Express * * Richly wrapped in language so colourful and lively, you can taste it -- Tom Adair * * The Scotsman * * Grenville has once again vividly captured a world of conflict, change and a clash of cultures. This extremely enjoyable novel can be read alone or as part of the trilogy * * Good Book Guide * *
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About Kate Grenville

Kate Grenville is one of Australia's most celebrated authors. Her bestselling novels, which have won many awards and have been published around the world, include The Secret River, which won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize; Lilian's Story; The Idea of Perfection, which won the Orange Prize for Fiction; and The Lieutenant. She is also the author of Searching for The Secret River, the story behind the bestselling novel. Kate Grenville's convict ancestor inspired The Secret River, and Sarah Thornhill also has its beginnings in her family history. Along with The Lieutenant, these three novels form a loose trilogy about colonial Australia.
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Grenville inhabits characters with a rare completeness . . . She writes with a poet's sense of rhythm and imagery Guardian
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2,475 ratings
3.79 out of 5 stars
5 22% (535)
4 44% (1,099)
3 27% (670)
2 5% (129)
1 2% (42)

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Sarah Thornhill is the sequel to the award-winning The Secret River by Australian author, Kate Grenville. The story is narrated by Sarah, the youngest daughter of emancipist William Thornhill and starts some years after the events of The Secret River. Sarah is growing up in a fine house on the Hawkesbury River, in a family keeping secrets. Her step-mother, Meg, is a proud and hard woman who will never forget her husband has a taint, has worn the broad arrow. Her father is haunted by the guilt of past acts, and it seems she has a brother that no-one acknowledges. But the eldest son of the neighbouring Langlands family, a half-breed named Jack, makes life worthwhile. Their love will surely transcend any possible challenges. The story moves from the Hawkesbury to parts west and to New Zealand. Grenville's characters are well developed and the dialogue is authentic and appropriate for the illiterate daughter of an ex-convict. As she slowly builds the story, Grenville touches on the hardness of pioneering life and the range of attitudes to the aborigines of people of the time and she illustrates the importance of keeping stories alive. There is joy, sorrow, heartache, betrayal and understanding, all contained in beautiful prose. I was brought to tears at the end. A wonderful, moving more
by Marianne Vincent
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