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How a good man made bad choices in Victorian London and Australia

Advantages: convncing depiction of places, characters and cultures clashing
Disadvantages: some may prefer a more concise tale. This is a bit of a saga.

...Ok, I’ll confess straight away: I loved this novel. If I could give it ten out of five stars, I would. The title made me wary (especially after having recently read ‘The Savage Garden’, similarly titled but which I found to be exceedingly dull) and the mo ...

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Review of The Secret River - Kate Grenville

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From convict to landowner

Advantages: Interesting, compelling story
Disadvantages: Killing of natives, violence

...I tend to steer clear of the sort of books that are in bestseller lists, simply because I am so often disappointed when they aren't as good as I was expecting. Even those books selected for last year's Man Booker Prize wouldn't usually have been on my to ...

sunmeilan 31.01.2007 · Read full review
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A Convict's Tale. 'The Secret River'.

Advantages: An insight into the life of a transported felon.
Disadvantages: Speech in italics put me off

Review of The Secret River by Kate Grenville I am reviewing the paperback version of the book. Publisher Canongate Books Ltd, 352 pages, ISBN 978-1841958286, cover price £7.99. On the strength of a friend's recommendation I borrowed this novel from our ...

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The Secret River

Advantages: Great descriptions of the times, Australia
Disadvantages: None

The Secret River London 1806 - 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 dearl ...

Spottydog11 18.11.2009 · Read full review
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The Secret River - Don't be Fooled by the Awards!

Advantages: Easy to read
Disadvantages: Moral ambiguity and over-worked writing style

...I chose this book because it had been nominated for the Man booker Prize and the author, Kate Grenville, had previously won the Orange Prize. I don't know enough about the world of literature to understand if these awards are prestigious in the bigger sc ...

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Review of The Secret River - Kate Grenville

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