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Harriett Gilbert talks to writer Kate Grenville about her book The Secret River.

This month Kate Grenville talks about her best-selling novel The Secret River. Her first work for five years since she won the Orange Prize, The Secret River was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize soon after publication. Set in 1806 and based on the true story of Kate’s first Australian ancestor, this is a dramatic and evocative historical novel set between the slums of nineteenth-century London and the convict colonies of Australia. Told through the eyes of William Thornhill and his family The Secret River examines the timeless themes of ownership, belonging and identity against a backdrop of Aboriginal Australia.

Book list:

Title: The Secret River
Author: Kate Grenville
Publisher: Canongate Books
ISBN-13: 978-1841956824

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