Author(s): Kate Grenville
From the beginning Jack and I was friends. Somehow our way of looking at things fitted together. He never called me Dolly, the way the others did, only my full and proper name.
Sarah Thornhill is the youngest child of William Thornhill, convict-turned-landowner on the Hawkesbury River. She grows up in the fine house her father is so proud of, a strong-willed young woman who’s certain where her future lies.
She’s known Jack Langland since she was a child, and always loved him. But the past is waiting in ambush with its dark legacy.
There’s a secret in Sarah’s family, a piece of the past kept hidden from the world and from her. A secret Jack can’t live with. A secret that changes everything, for both of them.
Kate Grenville takes us back to the early Australia of The Secret River and the Thornhill family. This is Sarah’s story. It’s a story of tangled secrets, a story of loss and unlooked-for happiness, and a story about the silent spaces of the past.
This powerful novel will enthrall readers of Kate Grenville’s bestselling The Secret River, winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize.
* ANZ sales of C and HB format are over 25,000 copies * Author will be attending select writers festivals in 2014 * Shared advertising space in literary magazines such as Australian Book Review and The Monthly * Teaching notes available for download at textpublishing.com.au/resources
Winner of ABIA Australian General Fiction Book of the Year 2012. Shortlisted for Westfield/Waverley Library Literary Award 2012 and NSW Premier's Literary Award Christina Stead Prize for Fiction 2012 and Queensland Premier's Literary Awards: Best Fiction Book 2012 and Prime Minister's Literary Awards (Australia) 2012. Miles Franklin Literary Award 2012 and IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2013.
Kate Grenville is one of Australia's most celebrated writers. Her bestselling novels, which have won many awards and have been published around the world, include The Secret River (shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize), Lilian's Story, The Idea of Perfection and The Lieutenant.