“I thought about flying, stood sometimes on the edge of the rock and wondered. But much as I’d of liked to, and young as I was, I had the sense to know I’d have to wait for some other way to fly”
A new novel from Kate Grenville and a journey back to the Thornhill family of the bestselling The Secret River
Sarah and Jack have never doubted that they are made for each other.
But there is someone in Sarah’s family who will not tolerate the relationship.
The reason lies in both the past and the present, and it will take Sarah across an ocean to a place she never imagined she would be.
Kate Grenville takes us back to the Australia of The Secret River in this novel about love, tangled histories and how it matters to keep stories alive.
“Gripping and illuminating”
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“A graceful, passionate story of love, loss and treacherous family histories”
“Her description of the harshly beautiful Australian landscape is unforgettable, more poetry than prose”
“Grenville has emerged not only as the truth-teller but also something of a hero … her novels are important quests that go beyond art”
“It will wrench your heart”
Kate Grenville is one of Australia’s most celebrated authors. Her bestselling novels, which have won many awards and have been published around the world, include The Secret River, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize; Lilian’s Story; The Idea of Perfection, which won the Orange Prize for Fiction; and The Lieutenant. She is also the author of Searching for The Secret River, the story behind the bestselling novel. Kate Grenville’s convict ancestor inspired The Secret River, and Sarah Thornhill also has its beginnings in her family history. Along with The Lieutenant, these three novels form a loose trilogy about colonial Australia.