Saturday, September 27, 2008

Upcoming Release: The Lieutenant by Kate Grenville

Not too long before I started blogging I read The Secret River by Kate Grenville and I quite enjoyed it. It has taken a while, but we finally have a new book from this author, and once again it is a historical novel with the early days of Australia as the setting!

In 1787 Lieutenant Thomas Rooke sets sail from Portsmouth with the First Fleet and its cargo of convicts, destined for New South Wales. As a young officer and a man of science, the shy and quiet Rooke is full of anticipation about the natural wonders he might discover in this strange land on the other side of the world. After the fleet arrives in Port Jackson, Rooke sets up camp on a rocky and isolated point, and starts his work of astronomy and navigation. It's not too long before some of the Aboriginal people who live around the harbour pay him a visit. One of them, a girl named Tarunga, starts to teach him her own language. But her lessons and their friendship are interrupted when Rooke is given an order that will change his life forever. Inspired by the 1790 notebooks of William Dawes in which he recorded his conversations with a young Gadigal woman, The Lieutenant is a story about a man discovering his true self in extraordinary circumstances.

I for one am very much looking forward to reading this one!

The Lieutenant is released in Australia on 1 October 2008 and in the UK and US on 5 February 2009.


  1. I am very much looking forward to this one too! I am a descendant of a First Fleeter, so there is a kind of bonus value there.

  2. OMG I LOVE Kate Grenville! The Secret River is one of my all time favorites! I have to have this book, yesterday!

    Teddy, still trying to cach up on my blog reading.