About this book
Stark and evocative novel set around the New Zealand gold rush of the mid 19th century. Tremain's "Music and Silence", a former Whitbread Novel Award-winner, has sold almost 200,000 copies in Vintage paperback. "A fabulous work, bravely imaginative, deeply moving, surprising, invigorating and satisfying" "The Independent"
Joseph and Harriet Blackstone emigrate from Norfolk to New Zealand in search of new beginnings and prosperity. But the harsh land near Christchurch where they settle threatens to destroy them almost before they begin. When Joseph finds gold in the creek he is seized by an obsession with the voluptuous riches awaiting him deep in the earth.