Quilty Book Club: ‘The Secret River’ (2005)

10.30AM Thu 19 Sep 2019
QAG | Members lounge | Sold Out

Thursday session sold out / Call (07) 3840 7278 to join the waitlist, or call or book online to attend the session on Saturday 21 September

During spring the titles on the Members Book Club reading list have been selected by Ben Quilty to connect to, contextualise and discuss ideas presented in his work.

Book 1: The Secret River (2005), Kate Grenville

After a childhood of poverty and petty crime in the slums of London, William Thornhill is transported to New South Wales for the term of his natural life. The harsh land of the colony feels like a death sentence, but he soon realises that his freedom can be bought. As Thornhill stakes his claim on a patch of ground by the Hawkesbury River, already home to the Darug people, the battle lines between the old and new inhabitants are drawn. Inspired by research into her own family history, Kate Grenville vividly creates the reality of settler life, its longings, dangers and dilemmas.

Book 2: Murder At Myall Creek (2016), Mark Tedeschi
Book 3: The Burial (2014), Courtney Collins