The Boy with Blue Trousers
by Carol Jones
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 13 Jun 2019 | Archive Date 16 Jul 2019
HarperCollins Publishers Australia, Head of Zeus
On the goldfields of 19th-century Australia, two very different girls are trying to escape their past.
In the mulberry groves of the Pearl River Delta, eighteen-year-old Little Cat carries a terrible secret. And so, in disguise as a boy in blue trousers, she makes the long and difficult passage to Australia, a faraway land of untold riches where it is said the rivers run with gold.
Violet Hartley has arrived off the boat from England, fleeing scandal back home. Like the Chinese immigrants seeking their fortunes on the goldfields, Violet is seduced by the promise of a new frontier. Then she meets Little Cat, a woman who, like her, is trying to escape her past.
As their fates inextricably, devastatingly entwine, their story becomes one of freedom, violence, love and vengeance, echoing across the landscapes of two great continents.