The Secret River

  • by Kate Grenville
  • Narrated by Rupert Penry-Jones
  • 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, 2006.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 a harsh and alien land that they do not understand and begin a life that feels like a death sentence. But among the convicts, there is a rumour that freedom can be bought - that "unclaimed" land up the Hawkesbury River offers an opportunity to start afresh. When William claims a hundred acres for himself, he is shocked to find Aboriginal people already living on the river - and that other recent arrivals are finding their own ways to respond to them. Soon William, a man neither better nor worse than most, has to make the most difficult decision of his life.


What the Critics Say

"A very fine, albeit terrifying writer." (Irish Times)
"Kate Grenville is a writer of extraordinary talent." (The New York Times)
"Grenville writes exactingly and with passion about the Australian landscape...The Secret River is a sad book, beautifully written and, at times, almost unbearable with the weight of loss." (Observer)
"A 'belter of a reading' and Penny Jones 'brillantly captures the character of William Thornhill'." (Daily Express)


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Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-03-2007
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK