The Secret River

By Kate Grenville, abridged by Sally Marmion, read by Ron Cook.

Producer Di Speirs.

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01A London Boatman's Story2006060520091019 (BBC7)
20091020 (BBC7)
20110117 (BBC7)

By Kate Grenville, abridged by Sally Marmion, read by Ron Cook.

Producer Di Speirs.

A London boatman and his epic move across the world in 1806.

Read by Ron Cook.

Kate Grenville's story of belonging and ownership read by Ron Cook.

A novel about belonging and ownership, which tells the story of a London boatman, William Thornhill, transported to New South Wales for the term of his natural life in 1806.

In this strange, unfathomable land he determines to carve out a new life for his family on the banks of the Hawksbury River - a place that captures his heart but has been home to another people for thousands of years.

London boatman William Thornhill's epic move across the world in 1806.

A story of belonging and ownership read by Ron Cook.

02For The Term Of His Natural Life2006060620091020 (BBC7)
20091021 (BBC7)
20110118 (BBC7)

Life in London for boatman Will Thornhill is sweet and rosy until fate intervenes.

Kate Grenville's novel read by Ron Cook.

Life in London for young Will Thornhill is sweet - a wife and a wherry of his own and a rosy future ahead - until fate intervenes.

Read by Ron Cook.

03The Sign Of The Pickle Herring2006060720091021 (BBC7)
20091022 (BBC7)
20110119 (BBC7)

Convict William Thornhill arrives in the alien land of New South Wales in 1806.

Kate Grenville's novel read by Ron Cook.

In 1806, William Thornhill, a convict and former lighter-man from the Thames, sets foot in another world - where he must carve out a new life for his benighted family.

London convict William Thornhill arrives in the alien land of Australia's New South Wales in 1806.

Read by Ron Cook.

Convict William Thornhill arrives in the alien land of Australia's New South Wales in 1806

04A Place Out Of A Dream2006060820091022 (BBC7)
20091023 (BBC7)
20110120 (BBC7)

Will Thornhill makes his first trip up the Hawksbury River and sees a piece of land.

On Will's first trip up the Hawksbury River in New South Wales, he sees a piece of land.

Ron Cook reads Kate Grenville's tale.

On William's first trip up the Hawksbury River in New South Wales, he sees a piece of land

05Adam In Paradise2006060920091023 (BBC7)
20091024 (BBC7)
20110121 (BBC7)

Thornhill sets his foot on Thornhill's Point, and digs the earth to stake his claim.

But other people have a claim, too.

Will stakes his claim on Thornhill's Point, but other people have the same idea.

Ron Cook reads Kate Grenville's novel.

William stakes his claim on Thornhill's Point, but other people have the same idea.

Read by Ron Cook.

06A Crowd Of Neighbours2006061220091026 (BBC7)
20091027 (BBC7)
20110124 (BBC7)

Will and Sal meet their fellow river dwellers, white - and black.

Will and Sal meet some fellow river-dwellers.

Kate Grenville's story, read by Ron Cook.

Kate Grenville's story of belonging and ownership read by Ron Cook.

William and Sal meet some fellow river-dwellers at Thornhill's Point.

A story of belonging and ownership read by Ron Cook.

William and Sal meet some river-dwellers at Thornhill's Point.

07Give A Little, Take A Little2006061320091027 (BBC7)
20091028 (BBC7)
20110125 (BBC7)

With an encampment appeared around the point, the Thornhills must find a way to live alongside their black neighbours.

The Thornhills must learn to live next to their new Aboriginal river bank neighbours.

Ron Cook reads Kate Grenville's novel.

William and Sal Thornhill must learn to live next to their new Aboriginal river bank neighbours.

Read by Ron Cook.

08A Time Of Fear2006061420091028 (BBC7)
20091029 (BBC7)
20110126 (BBC7)

Tensions between the white farmers and the Aboriginals are escalating daily.

Kate Grenville's novel read by Ron Cook.

Tensions between the white farmers and the Aboriginals start to escalate.

Read by Ron Cook.

09It Is Just Like Mine2006061520091029 (BBC7)
20091030 (BBC7)
20110127 (BBC7)

The struggle between white settlers and Aboriginals for ownership of the Hawksbury riverbanks in 1813 continues.

William and the Aboriginals struggle on for ownership of the Hawksbury river banks.

Ron Cook reads Kate Grenville's novel.

10 LASTA New Emptiness2006061620091030 (BBC7)
20091031 (BBC7)
20110128 (BBC7)

William Thornhill makes his choice and reaps his reward.

Read by Ron Cook.

Ron Cook reads the hard-hitting conclusion of Kate Grenville's novel.

William Thornhill makes his choice, but will he reap his reward? Ron Cook reads the hard-hitting conclusion.

William Thornhill makes his choice, but will he reap his reward?