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Judy Nunn has sold over one million books worldwide. Elianne, her no.1 bestseller, is a sweeping story of wealth, power, privilege and betrayal, set on a grand sugar cane plantation in Queensland.

Judy Nunn has sold over one million books worldwide. Elianne, her no.1 bestseller, is a sweeping story of wealth, power, privilege and betrayal, set on a grand sugar cane plantation in Queensland.

In the tough world of Queensland sugar mills, it's not only cane that is crushed ...

In 1881 'Big Jim' Durham ruthlessly creates for Elianne Desmarais, his young French wife, the finest of the great sugar mills of the Southern Queensland cane fields, and names it in her honour.

The massive estate becomes a self-sufficient fortress and home to hundreds of workers, but 'Elianne' and the Durham Family, have dark and distant secrets; secrets that surface in the wildest of times, the 1960s.

For Kate Durham and her brothers Neil and Alan, freedom is the catchword of the decade. Rock 'n' roll, the Pill, the Vietnam War, the rise of Feminism, Asian immigration and the Freedom Ride join forces to rattle the chains of traditional values.

The workers leave the great sugar estates as mechanisation lessens the need for labour - and the Durham family, its secrets exposed, begins its fall from grace...

Judy Nunn's latest novel is a story of honour - family honour among hard men in a hard environment. But when honour is lost so too is love, and without love, what becomes of the family?

Reviews

...Nunn is a master of what she does, in combining well-researched history and colourful characters.

Shaunagh O'Connor, Weekly Times, Melbourne

500 pages of perfect reading.

Australian Women's Weekly

Perfect summer reading.

Sydney Morning Herald

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781742758398

    November 3, 2014

    Arrow Australia

    480 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781742758404

    November 1, 2013

    Random House Australia

    480 pages

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Also by Judy Nunn

Sanctuary
Spirits of the Ghan
Maralinga
Tiger Men
Pacific
Oskar the Pole
The Otto Bin Empire: Clive's Story
The Great Australian Writers' Collection 2013
Just South of Rome
The Wardrobe
The House on Hill Street
The House on Hill Street (Storycuts)
The Wardrobe (Storycuts)
Judy Nunn Free Sampler
Kal
Heritage
Floodtide
Beneath The Southern Cross
Territory
Araluen
Centre Stage
The Glitter Game

Recommendations

Voyager
The Tea Gardens
The Award
An Uncommon Woman
Tulip Fever
Beauty in Thorns
Munich
The Drover's Wife
Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition
Tiger Men
Life After Life
Suite Francaise
For the Winner
The Shogun's Queen
Saviour of Rome
A Country Road, A Tree
The Cauliflower®
Sudden Death
The Strawberry Girl
Plague