Kate Grenville is a terrific writer. Her historical novel The Secret River is about the settlement of
The El Toro Book Club discussed The Secret River at a recent meeting. Members said they were engaged by the story and characters, and appreciated the author’s research and historical accuracy. They talked about the British class structure and how it compared to the culture of the aborigines. They liked how the author portrayed how difficult it was for the British to make sense of a completely different culture, and how this lack of understanding lead to distrust, fear and violence.
The Secret River is fiction that is historical, yet timely and relevant at the same time. A big “thumbs up” from me.