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The Secret River

  • Buy New: $70.57
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  • Seller:FastandGood from Europe
  • Sales Rank:4,489,791
  • Format:International Edition
  • Languages:English (Unknown), English (Original Language), English (Published)
  • Media:Paperback
  • Number Of Items:1
  • Edition:Export & Airside ed
  • Pages:352
  • Shipping Weight (lbs):0.4
  • Dimensions (in):4.4 x 0.9 x 7
  • Publication Date:September 7, 2006
  • ISBN:1841958298
  • EAN:9781841958293
  • ASIN:1841958298
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Synopsis
This title is the first mass-market edition of the new novel from winner of the Orange Prize and author of the bestselling "The Idea Of Perfection". It is the winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize Best Book 2006 and longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2006. 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...

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