'From the beginning Jack and I was friends. Somehow our way of looking at things fitted together. He never called me Dolly, the way the others did, only my full and proper name.' Sarah Thornhill is the youngest child of William Thornhill, convict-turned-landowner on the Hawkesbury River. She grows up in the fine house her father is so proud of, a strong-willed young woman who's certain where her future lies. She's known Jack Langland since she was a child, and always loved him. But the past is waiting in ambush with its dark legacy. There's a secret in Sarah's family, a piece of the past kept hidden from the world and from her. A secret Jack can't live with. A secret that changes everything, for both of them. Kate Grenville takes us back to the early Australia of The Secret River and the Thornhill family. This is Sarah's story. It's a story of tangled secrets, a story of loss and unlooked-for happiness, and a story about the silent spaces of the past.
Winner of ABIA Australian General Fiction Book of the Year 2012. Shortlisted for CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature ('The Nib') 2012 and Queensland Premier's Literary Awards: Best Fiction Book 2012 and Prime Minister's Literary Awards (Australia) 2012 and NSW Premier's Literary Award Christina Stead Prize for Fiction 2012. Miles Franklin Literary Award 2012 and IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2013.
Kate Grenville is the author of the bestselling The Secret River, winner of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize; The Lieutenant; and Searching for the Secret River.