Potato Factory

Potato Factory

eBook - 2006
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Ikey Solomon's favourite saying is also his way of doing business. And in the business of thieving, he's very successful indeed. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving nineteenth-century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Land. In the backstreets and dives of Hobart Town, Mary learns the art of brewing and builds the Potato Factory, where she plans a new future. But her ambitions are threatened by Ikey's wife, Hannah, her old enemy. The two women raise their separate families, one legitimate and the other bastard. As each woman sets out to destroy the other, the families are brought to the edge of disaster. 'Courtenay offers an ersatz Dickens novel, a sort of Australian Oliver! but without the music.' Sunday Age. 'The tale is vivid and instructive . The Potato Factory is pure yarn-spinning, rattling along at heart-thumping pace. Barely a page goes by without incident. And for those who like their plots dense and melodramatic, Courtenay's in a class of his own.' Time.
Publisher: 2006. ,
ISBN: 9781742280684
Branch Call Number: REM
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Sep 04, 2013

Bryce Courtenay likes to tell a long involved tale. My feeling is the first of his books you read is great. In my case Persimmon Tree. The next is good, Brother Fish. But by the third I was getting a little annoyed with his rambling style. He writes very descriptive prose, but for my taste, too much of it.

Jan 01, 2012

Great read! He's still my favourite author.

Feb 26, 2011

Historical novel...19th century
Did not read

Geraldine O'Riordan Dec 08, 2009

This contains lots of historical facts about the development of Sydney Australia. A great read if you will be travelling there.

It is the start of a family tail that continues in Tommo and Hawk. Great characters and plot! You get swept away in the story and want to know where life takes the characters.

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