Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,

January Books 6) The Secret River, by Kate Grenville

A heartfelt novel about early convict settlers in New South Wales, which combines the intense personal drama of eking out a precarious existence on marginal cultivatable land with the brutality of the English settlers' conflict with the indigenous Australians.  Apparently rooted fairly strongly in fact, though I don't think that affects my judgement of it as a novel one way or the other.  Certainly made me realise how little I actually know about Australia.
Tags: bookblog 2014, world: australia
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