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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (29 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099425157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099425151
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 96 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Tremain is a magnificent storyteller with an enormous story to tell" (Independent on Sunday)

"This is a writer whose breadth of imagination and supple prose transcend the genre: she is one of the finest writers in England" (Daily Telegraph)

"Tremain has produced her own wondrous piece of gold" (Scotsman)

"A fabulous work, bravely imaginative, deeply moving, surprising, invigorating and satisfying" (Independent)

"This is a beautifully crafted book - at once a gripping adventure story and a compelling portrayal of human emotion at its bravest and its most vulnerable" (Economist)

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This is a writer whose breadth of imagination and supple prose transcend the genre: she is one of the finest writers in English' Daily Telegraph. Joseph and Harriet Blackstone emigrate from Norfolk to New Zealand in search of new beginnings and prosperity. 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 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. 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.

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