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Sarah Thornhill

Sarah Thornhill

Author(s): Kate Grenville

Location(s): New South Wales

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 1800s



The last instalment of Kate Grenville’s trilogy of colonial Australia (The Secret River and The Lieutenant) is both a standalone story and an end to the unfinished saga of the Thornhill family. It offers two discrete reading experiences: those who have read the first in the series, The Secret River, will understand, early on, that this story is one of colonial crime, guilt, and possible atonement. Those who have not will only stop seeing it as a thwarted love story towards the end.

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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’s evokes places and people is so remarkable that...

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