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The Secret River by Kate Grenville
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Nov 16, 2010

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Set in the early 1800's or late 1700 in England, William Thornhill comes from a poor family and learns early on how to survive the streets and feed his family. He works on the river, ferrying people and cargo up and down the Thames. Soon his desperate situation catches up to him when he is caught stealing from his employer. Sentence to die by hanging his sentence is changed and he is deported to New South Wales- Australia. He and his family scratch out a living first as he returns to the water and then later when he turns his hand at farming in the unfriendly wilds of his new home. This story offers a glimpse into the settling of Austratlia and the impact it had on the natives as well as those expected to populate the country. Interesting, but not captivating. Grim is certain parts as it details life without many alternatives and no support systems built in.

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