World Book Club

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World Book Club invites the globe's great authors to discuss their best known novel. Presented by Harriett Gilbert, includes questions from World Service listeners.


Episode 1

September 12th, 2007

Episode 174 of 338 episodes

This month Kate Grenville talks about her best-selling novel The Secret River. Her first work for five years since she won the Orange Prize, The Secret River was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize soon after publication. Set in 1806 and based on the true story of Kate’s first Australian ancestor, this is a dramatic and evocative historical novel set between the slums of nineteenth-century London and the convict colonies of Australia. Told through the eyes of William Thornhill and his family The Secret River examines the timeless themes of ownership, belonging and identity against a backdrop of Aboriginal Australia. Book list: Title: The Secret River Author: Kate Grenville Publisher: Canongate Books ISBN-13: 978-1841956824 If you'd like to take part in a future World Book Club, here's your chance. Lionel Shriver will be discussing his bestselling novel We Need to Talk Kevin on Tuesday 12th May 2009. Please submit your question for Lionel Shriver in the comment section on the form below or ring us on (+44) 207 5571619.