SHOP NOW—free delivery anywhere in Australia

Member Loginmenu
Your basket is empty
Searching for the Secret River

Searching for the Secret River

Kate Grenville

  • awardWinner, Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature, 2017
  • Searching for the Secret River is a great book about the writing of a great novel.

    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.

    Upcoming events for Kate Grenville
    Kate Grenville
    About the Author

    Kate Grenville is one of Australia’s most celebrated writers. Her bestselling novel The Secret River received the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award. The Idea of Perfection won the Orange Prize. Grenville’s other novels include Sarah Thornhill, The Lieutenant, Lilian’s...

    Read Moreright
    Extent:
    232pp
    Format:
    Paperback
    Text publication date:
    29 September 2008
    ISBN:
    9781921351860
    AU Price:
    $22.99
    Australian
    starstarstarstarstar
    starstarstarstarstar
    Loading Rating
    Other editions ofSearching for the Secret River