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Tuesday, 30 April 2013

The Colour – Rose Tremain

The Colour’ is a fabulous, historical novel set against the background of the gold rush in New Zealand in the mid-19th century. ‘The colour’ is miners’ slang for gold.. Tremain’s protagonists are Harriet and Joseph Blackstone , who (along with Joseph’s mother) leave England for the promise of the new world that New Zealand represents. Needless to say, their relocation comes with many attendant (and nigh-insoluble) problems. But, their struggle against the land continues apace until Joseph discovers gold in a nearby creek and ill-advisedly conceals the find from his mother and his wife. Gold fever takes an all-consuming grip upon him, and he leaves the family-owned farm to traverse the gold fields of the Southern Alps. There he will find a strange fate, one that affects those he has left behind as well as him.
Read by Eleanor Bron.

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