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How does Grenville humanise convict history?

In Kate Grenville’s novel The Secret River the moral association between a criminal and their crime is extremely hazy. This is particularly evident when early on in the novel Grenville takes the reader back to the origins of the protagonists life ‘William Thornhill.’ William was born into the poverty stricken London we familiarise with Dickens work, his family do not even make enough to survive and therefore himself and his siblings are thrown into the deep end of a life of being street urchins and petty child thieves. 169 more words


How does Grenville humanise the First Australians in the novel The Secret River?

The Secret River book cover

The Secret River, written by Kate Grenville in 2005, is a historical novel about an Englishman who was transported to Australia because of a crime he committed. 310 more words

The Secret River and the Politics of 'Reconciliation'

   ‘Resist. Revive. Decolonise’ – Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance[1]

*Content warning – rape, genocidal racist violence and murder

Kate Grenville’s novel The Secret River came out of an experience on a ‘reconciliation’ walk at Sydney Harbour Bridge in 2000. 1,944 more words


Australia's Favourite Author 2015 - Places 30-21

January is the month of Australian Stories at Booktopia, and to celebrate we’re counting down Australia’s 50 Favourite Authors, as voted by you!

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The World of Literature: Part 1

Literature has the power to transport you to different times, places and worlds. But when was the last time you explored ‘the world of literature’, so to say? 1,653 more words


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  • Explain Everything – MorrisCooke “Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design, screencasting, and interactive whiteboard tool that lets students annotate, animate, narrate, import, and export images, video and webpages.

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Here Are Some I Read Earlier – My Favourite Books of 2014

It’s December, so time for the 2014 lists to appear. My heading is misleading as the novels listed below were not published in 2014. They’re on this list because I read them in 2014, loved them and recommend them as great reads. 1,570 more words

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