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Colourby Rose Tremain
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A sweeping saga of love and greed set during the mid-nineteenth century gold rush in New Zealand.
Joseph and Harriet Blackstone, along with Josephs mother Lilian, emigrate from England in search of new beginnings and prosperity in New Zealand. But the harsh land near Christchurch where they settle threatens to destroy them almost before they begin. When Joseph finds gold in the creek, he guiltily hides the discovery from his wife and mother, and is seized by a rapturous obsession with the voluptuous riches awaiting him deep in the earth. Abandoning his farm and family, he sets off alone for the new gold fields over the Southern Alps, a moral wilderness where many others, under the seductive dreams of the “colour,” are violently rushing to their destinies.
Harriet bravely decides to pursue her own journey towards an uncertain future. But nothing has prepared her for what happens when she too arrives at the gold diggings. Amid squalor and confusion, burning heat and icy flood, Harriet Blackstone comes face to face with the true cost of desire.
Hauntingly evocative and, by turns, both moving and terrifying, The Colour is the story of a quest for the impossible, an attempt to mine the complexities of love and in the process discover what it is that makes men and women happy.
Stark and evocative novel set around the New Zealand gold rush of the mid 19th century. Tremain's "Music and Silence", a former Whitbread Novel Award-winner, has sold almost 200,000 copies in Vintage paperback. "A fabulous work, bravely imaginative, deeply moving, surprising, invigorating and satisfying" "The Independent"
A gripping drama of sacrifice and greed set during the mid-nineteenth century gold rush in New Zealand. By turns both moving and terrifying, it is a story of the quest for the impossible, an attempt to mine the complexities of love and in the process discover the sacrifices to be made in the pursuit of happiness. Builds on the success of 'Music and Silence'.
About the Author
Rose Tremains most recent novel, the bestselling Music and Silence, won the Whitbread Novel of the Year Award. Her work, including Restoration, Sacred Country and The Way I Found Her has been translated around the world.
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