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The first in a trilogy, this is the story of a harsh journey from 19th Century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen's Landand the family ambitions and enmities which bring the protagonists to the edge of disaster.

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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, un... til 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 brycecourtenay.com facebook.com/BryceCourtenay
  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Publication Date: 01/06/2006
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Country of Origin: United Kingdom
  • Pages: 832
  • Dimensions (mm): 209x134x55mm
  • Weight: 624g
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  • Format:Paperback
  • Publication Date: 01/06/2006
  • Author:Bryce Courtenay

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