- NEW RELEASE -
Time to introduce a new book - IRISH GOLD. This is like all of my books; different to the last one. This is historical fiction about the goldfields in Australia in the 1850's. It's about the involvement of the Irish, and others, who played a major part on the goldfields.
ORIGINS OF THIS BOOK:
The gold rush has always been my favourite period in Australian history. So, why not write about it? The story is centred on the Irish, who played a major role on the goldfields. But, I've thrown a few bushrangers in as well to spice it up a bit. Bushrangers have also played a great part in our history, and I guess you have all heard of one infamous guy named Ned Kelly. However, not all of them were crooks and bad men, as this book will highlight.
HERE IS THE BLURB:
Pat Toomey’s violent father dies, leaving Pat, his mother and four sisters in the Port Phillip District of Australia during the 1850’s gold rush. Pat and best friend, Seamus, are offered a job by Irishman, Michael Macevoy; to transport supplies to miners in Ballarat. They take the job, and Macevoy becomes a regular caller at the Toomey’s home. The boys meet many people who know their boss, and it intrigues them. They also save a Chinese family from a dangerous bushranger, Jack Lawrie, and meet another wanted bushranger, Martin Riley – Michael Macevoy’s best mate.
Jack Lawrie escapes and seeks revenge, surprising the boys one evening, but Martin Riley appears from the dark and seriously maims Lawrie. Whilst transporting Lawrie to Castlemaine, troopers appear, notice Riley, and a chase ensues. Shots are fired and Riley is injured, but Seamus mounts Riley’s horse and rides away. Lawrie and Pat are in custody, a trooper has been shot, and Riley is still free, but Michael Macevoy arrives and Pat is released. That night, Martin Riley dies.
The boys deliver a shattered Macevoy to Pat’s mother’s home, and they step up to run Macevoy’s Transport when Michael enters a period of deep depression. The boys work hard, employ staff, and expand the business to the Bendigo goldfields. Will Michael Macevoy overcome his depression? Why does Michael know so many people?
ISSUES INCLUDED IN THIS BOOK:
Irish, bushrangers, crime, goldfields, troopers, law and order, life on the goldfields, women during the gold rush, sly-grog shops, Ballarat, Bendigo, Port Phillip District, loyalty, friendships, mateship, Chinese influence, police ... And also a touch of romance throughout the book.
Clancy's comment: As I said, this is totally different to my previous book, but lovers of historical fiction may enjoy it. You all might enjoy it. There are strong loyalty and friendship themes throughout this book, but that's how it was on the Australian goldfields in the 1850's. Oh, and there are also some facts and figures for my readers. So, head up to the right-hand side of this page and grab yourself a copy. All paperbacks will be signed, and come with matching bookmarks. An e-Book version is also available. Don't be shy, folks.