Searching for the Secret River

Searching for the Secret River

A Writing Memoir

Book - 2007
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The Secret River was Kate Grenville's tour de force novel, an award-winning international bestseller that was also a finalist for the Man Booker Prize and the Miles Franklin A ward. And yet, this stunningly executed tale began life as a non-fiction book when Grenville embarked on a quest to know her ancestor, Solomon Wiseman, an E nglish convict sent to New South Wales. Wiseman soon morphed into The Secret River's protagonist, William Thornhill.

In Searching for the Secret River, Grenville invites the reader into her writing room to lay bare her creative journey, transforming the dry facts of history into. powerful fiction. She not only reveals the wrong turns and exhilarating breakthroughs of research and writing but also peels back the guilt that overwhelms her after discovering that Wiseman, in true colonial fashion, took land and livelihood from the Australian Aboriginal people. The result is a vivid history of a novel that is, at once, a history of a family and of a country still struggling to reconcile its past and present.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Publishers, c2007
Edition: 1st Canadian ed
ISBN: 9780002007115
Branch Call Number: ANF 994.402092 GRE
ANF 994.402092 GRE
Characteristics: 221 p. : ill., map ; 23 cm


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Dec 06, 2017

I would give this book (a memoir, a history, a book on writing process) 5 stars. It is important in all of these genres, mostly because it moves around an actual work of historical fiction - The Secret River - but also because it is so compellingly written itself.

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