About the book
London, 1806 – William Thornhill, happily wedded to his childhood sweetheart Sal, is a waterman on the River Thames. Life is tough but bearable until William makes a mistake, a bad mistake for which he and his family are made to pay dearly. His sentence: to be transported to New South Wales for the term of his natural life. Soon Thornhill, a man no better or worse than most, has to make the most difficult decision of his life . . . The Secret River is a universal and timeless story of love, identity and belonging.
Reviewed by Sandy’s Reading Group:
We felt the book gave us an understanding of how harsh life was for the poor, both in London and Australia. However, we felt that generally the characters lacked depth and were therefore difficult to care about, other than Thornhill to some extent. Informative, but failed to engage.
Star rating: **