The Colour: A Novel

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Macmillan, 2004 - Fiction - 400 pages
26 Reviews

From the critically-acclaimed historical novelist Rose Tremain comes the The Colour

Newlyweds Joseph and Harriet Blackstone emigrate from England to New Zealand, along with Joseph's mother Lilian, 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 a creek bed, he hides the discovery from both his wife and mother, and becomes obsessed with the riches awaiting him deep in the earth. Abandoning his farm and family, he sets off alone for the new goldfields over the Southern Alps, a moral wilderness where many others, under the seductive dreams of the "colour," rush to their destinies and doom.

 

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User Review  - PilgrimJess - LibraryThing

Gold: "is as duplicitous as a girl. It shows itself and beckons. Within its first gleam lies the promise of more, much more…" This novel is set in 1860s New Zealand and as such will be seen as a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kristelh - LibraryThing

Published in 2003, this book is set in the 1864 Goldrush of New Zealand. It is the story of Joseph and Harriet Blackstone and Lillian Blackstone, Joseph's mother who immigrate to New Zealand. For ... Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Rose Tremain is the author of nine novels, most recently Music & Silence, and her work has been translated into fourteen languages. She lives in Norfolk, England, with the biographer Richard Holmes.

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