The Secret River
Winner, Commonwealth Writers' Prize 2006
Winner, NSW Premier's Literary Award 2006
Shortlisted, Man Booker Prize 2006
In 1806 London thief William Thornhill is transported to Australia. Once there he earns his freedom and settles on what looks like empty land.
But the land belongs to the Darug people, and they're prepared to defend it. He can't go back, but how can he go forward?
The choice Thornhill makes will haunt him for the rest of his life.
Inspired by the author's family history, The Secret River is a classic novel about our nation's past.
"A work of sustained power and imagination, of poetry and insight. No truer piece of fiction has been written about the Australian past" - Peter Temple, Australian
"Rustles with reality and life" - Age
"Splendidly paced, passionate and disturbing" - Salley Vickers, The Times
"A powerful illumination of the history that has shaped us" - Vogue Australia
197mm x 126mm