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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 & 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. Stay in touch with all of Bryce's news on Facebook:

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    I'm a big fan of historical my sister recommended I read some of Bryce Courtenay's work starting with this book. I loved it from the first page....if you enoyed Oliver Twist and appreciate the raw human character at its extremes (good and bad), you may find this book (and the next 2 in the trilogy) very entertaining. I've read everyone of Bryce Courtenay's books and this is still my favorite!


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