The Secret River by Kate Grenville
subjects such as the breakdown of family relations and the stifling atmosphere of eighteenth century London are described without qualms or precedent
| 12 Nov 2006
Book title: The Secret River
Author: Kate Grenville
Yes. Grenville perfectly encapsulates Thornhill's struggle to survive, and depicts his battle for land ownership expressively. Diverse subjects such as the breakdown of family relations and the stifling atmosphere of eighteenth century London are described without qualms or precedent. There have been an number of astounding reviews for this novel Ã¢Â€Â“ it was also Booker nominated and won the Commonwealth writer's prize - and they are most definitely deserved. However, Kate Grenville can overdose on description, which can feel evasive, as if the author isn't interested in getting to the flesh of the plot. Nevertheless, Grenville once again demonstrates her talent for weaving a story, and her ability to display the sometimes brutal truth is a fact that cannot be ignored when confronted with this book. [Claire Mapletoft]
The Secret River' is Published by Canongate. Out Now in Paperback. Cover Price Ã‚Â£7.99.