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  • Published: 23 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781742532066
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 264

The Valley of Blood and Gold


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1854, the eve of the Eureka Stockade battle. Ballarat is teeming with miners and rebels, and Irish-born Fintan Donovan is fighting private battles of his own.

'I'm a daughter of my homeland.  We're Irish. It's all we need to know.'
'This isn't Ireland, Niamh.' Kilkenny Pat cut through her words. 'It's a new country.
Even the English aren't English here.'
It is 1854 and Ballarat is teeming with miners, dreamers and rebels. On the eve of the Eureka Stockade battle, Fintan Donovan is fighting private battles of his own. Torn between his Irish upbringing and his friendship with an English boy called Matthew Ward, Fintan must make a stand. Will he be dominated by the hatreds of the old world or will he find a new way to live in the new country?
Vivid and powerful, The Valley of Blood and Gold evokes a moment in history that is entrenched in Australian national heritage.

  • Pub date: 23 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781742532066
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 264

About the Author

Tony Palmer

After graduating from Monash University in 1985 with an honours degree in Graphic Communication Tony Palmer has worked full-time as a book designer for various publishers. He has also been a part-time typography teacher at Victoria University and is currently undertaking a Masters in Art and Design at Monash University focusing on the aesthetics of typesetting in Mandarin. As a long-time enthusiast of Australian History Tony wrote his first novel for teenagers, Break of Day which was published in 2007. Following this he wrote The Valley of Blood and Gold, published in 2011.

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