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The Lieutenant
Written by:
Kate Grenville 
Read by:
Nicholas Bell 
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
7 hours  
October 01 2008 
Available Date:
October 28 2008 
Age Category:
Fiction; Australian; Australian Fiction; Historical Fiction; Indigenous Peoples; Literary Fiction 
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Shortlisted NSW Premier's Literary Awards / Christina Stead Prize for Fiction 2010
Shortlisted Western Australian Premier's Book Awards / Fiction 2008

From the author of The Secret River.

In 1787 Lieutenant Daniel 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 Tagaran, 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.

"A very understated and introspective story is perfectly interpreted by British trained actor Nicholas Bell as he reads with a very intimate voice, distinguishing each character with an individual voice. Bell has performed in many theatre productions in London and Australia; his television appearances include Inspector Morse, Frontline, Stingers, and Blue Heelers; and he has appeared in a number of feature films including Mission Impossible, The Craic, and Shine."