Sarah Thornhill

Sarah Thornhill

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Sarah and Jack have never doubted that they are made for each other.

But there is someone in Sarah's family who will not tolerate the relationship.

The reason lies in both the past and the present, and it will take Sarah across an ocean to a place she never imagined she would be.

Kate Grenville takes us back to the Australia of The Secret River in this novel about love, tangled histories and how it matters to keep stories alive.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 19mm | 204g
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main
  • 0857862561
  • 9780857862563
  • 101,830

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If you read just one Australian novel this year, make it this one. Sarah Thornhill is a powerful story simply told * * Melbourne Weekly * * Sarah Thornhill is the book of a writer of the first rank and there are plenty of things in it that are powerfully realised and that touch the heart. . . she is a gift of a writer. . . a haunting performance * * Age * * This is a novel that stands by itself and that will be treasured, I'm sure, by generations to come. It is that rare book that manages to wholly engage both head and heart, and it's a long time since I've been quite so sorry to say goodbye to a character at the end of a book as I was saying goodbye to Sarah * * Weekend Australian * * Both brilliant fiction and illuminating personal history * * Independent * * I will thrilled to find myslf 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 gripping and illuminating as her father's was -- Diana Athill Grenville inhabits characters with a rare completeness . . . She writes with a poet's sense of rhythm and imagery * * Guardian * * Kate Grenville is one of Australia's finest writers . . . her great skill as a writer is to take the barest of biographical details and spin them into something of intricate moral complexity * * Telegraph * * It will wrench your heart * * Guardian * * Grenville has emerged not only as the truth-teller but also something of a hero . . . her novels are important quests that go beyond art * * Irish Times * * Her description of the harshly beautiful Australian landscape is unforgettable, more poetry than prose * * Guardian * * A graceful, passionate story of love, loss and treacherous family histories * * Marie Claire * * Gripping and illuminating -- Diana Athill
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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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2,957 ratings
3.83 out of 5 stars
5 23% (687)
4 44% (1,312)
3 26% (771)
2 5% (142)
1 2% (45)
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