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Top 40 Book Club : December 2008
The Lieutenant KATE GRENVILLE revisits the first years of the penal colony at Sydney Cove ‘ The Lieutenant ’ Like The Secret River, The Lieutenant revisits the first years of the penal colony at Sydney Cove. Daniel Rooke is a soldier and astronomer, who arrives on the First Fleet. He sets up an observatory away from the main camp, and begins the scientific work that he hopes will make him famous. Aboriginal people soon start to visit his isolated observatory, and Rooke forms an extraordinary friendship with an Aboriginal child. Rooke has almost forgotten he is a soldier when a man is fatally wounded in an attack on the colony. Ordered to join a punitive expedition to capture six natives, Rooke faces a decision that will define not only who he is but the course of his entire life. 15