"The Secret River" spans the two and a half decades that opened in the grip of the 'bright young things' of the mid-twenties and closed in the blanket embrace of the Welfare State. It takes us from Bayswater, via the Sussex countryside, the South of France, a seaside resort on the South Coast and a 'garden-city' in Hampshire, to the final climax in Waterloo Station. It tells the story of Harriet Ashworth as a child, an adolescent and a young woman, and of her mother, vain, silly, snobbish and egocentric, yet not entirely ...

The Secret River 2009, Faber & Faber, London

ISBN-13: 9780571253692

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