It tells the story of William Thornhill and his wife Sarah (Sal) from their childhood together in London, through Williams career as a Waterman, his eventual transportation to New South Our Reading Guide for The by includes a Book Club Discussion Guide, Book Review, Plot Summary-Synopsis and Author Bio. This is a tale that seeks to gain a new vantage point from which to view Australias European settlement. In The, William Thornhill is a good man forced by poverty into petty crime to provide for his wife, Sal, Review: The (Thornhill family 1) User Review - Dhitri - Goodreads.

The is a historical fiction about an early 19th century Englishman, William Thornhill, who was transported to Sydney for theft. ISBN-13: 9780802197795 Summary Winner, 2006 Commonwealth Writers Prize A riveting narrative unfolds into a chilling allegory of the mechanics and the psychology of colonialism in the veteran Australian authors rich historical novel. Her bestselling novel The received the Commonwealth Writers Prize, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award.

Though I dont know much about Australia, its origin seems an irresistible tale, one that begs novelistic retelling, either as a vast metaphor or as a historical panorama.

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