The Thornhills arrive in this harsh and alien land, which feels like a death sentence. But among the convicts there is a rumour that freedom can be bought, that "unclaimed land" up the Hawkesbury offers an opportunity to start afresh, far away from the township of Sydney.
When William takes a hundred acres for himself he is shocked to find aboriginal people already living on the river. Soon Thornhill, a man neither better nor worse than most, has to make the most difficult decision of his life.
©2006 Kate Grenville; (P) BBC Audiobooks LTD
Friend referred me to this book...WOW. There are no wasted words in this story. First book that I have read by this author, and absolutely love her style. Also first time I've heard narration by Bill Wallis...could listen to him read the phonebook! Am only halfway through the story, but am sure that the rest will not disappoint.
This was an awesome read that made me wish i could jump into and explain to both sides what was going on such a small amount of understanding would have changed the course of history
Excellent book and great narrator. I'm glad I opted to listen rather than read as the narrator brought the different characters to life very effectvely and highlighted Kate Grenville's wonderful 'voice' for the different protagonists.
This was a good story made even better by a fantastic narrator. I will be looking for other titles by this same performer
Now I need to take a trip to Australia. Interesting insights to the early history of Australia. The challenges of the black/natives vs whiteman's rights are certainly thought provoking.
A superb performance of Bill Wallis in addition to a riveting story and masterful writing.
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