Searching for the Secret River

Awards:   Winner of Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature 2017 (Australia)
Author:   Kate Grenville
Publisher:   Text Publishing
Edition:   New edition
ISBN:  

9781921351860


Pages:   232
Publication Date:   29 September 2008
Format:   Paperback
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  • Winner of Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature 2017 (Australia)

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Kate Grenville's novel The Secret River moved and exhilarated many people when it was first published in 2005. Readers marvelled at the subtlety of its language, and the power of Grenville's story-telling. And they recognised that this simple tale of a poor convict family settling on the banks of the Hawkesbury River in the early nineteenth century represented a landmark moment in Australian fiction. Grenville had taken the novel to the frontier of European settlement and written a profoundly original and disturbing work about what happened there. Searching for the Secret River is the extraordinary story of how Kate Grenville came to write her award-winning novel. It all begins with her ancestor Solomon Wiseman, transported to New South Wales for the term of his natural life, but who later became a wealthy man and built his colonial mansion on the Hawkesbury. Increasingly obsessed with his story, Grenville pursues him from Sydney to London and back, and then up the Hawkesbury itself. Slowly she begins to realise she must write about him, and begins to discover what kind of book she will write. Grenville opens the door and invites the reader into her writing room, and tells us about how this novel was formed, the research she did, the false starts she made and the frustrations she experienced. Searching for the Secret River is a great book about the writing of a great novel.

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Author:   Kate Grenville
Publisher:   Text Publishing
Imprint:   The Text Publishing Company
Edition:   New edition
Dimensions:   Width: 12.90cm , Height: 2.20cm , Length: 19.60cm
Weight:   0.178kg
ISBN:  

9781921351860


ISBN 10:   1921351861
Pages:   232
Publication Date:   29 September 2008
Audience:   College/higher education ,  General/trade ,  Tertiary & Higher Education ,  General
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In stock   Availability explained
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Kate Grenville is one of Australia's most celebrated writers. Her international bestseller The Secret River was awarded local and overseas prizes, has been adapted for the stage and as an acclaimed television miniseries, and is now a much-loved classic. Grenville's other novels include Sarah Thornhill, The Lieutenant, Dark Places and the Orange Prize winner The Idea of Perfection. Her most recent books are two works of non-fiction, One Life: My Mother's Story and The Case Against Fragrance. She has also written three books about the writing process. In 2017 Grenville was awarded the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. She lives in Melbourne.

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