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Publisher's Summary

‘Elianne’ was built with the sweat and the blood of ‘kanakas’.

In 1881, ‘Big Jim’ Durham, an English soldier of fortune and profiteer, 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, a cane-consuming monster and home to hundreds of workers, but ‘Elianne’ and its masters, the Durham Family, have dark and distant secrets; secrets that surface in the wildest and most inflammatory of times, the 1960s.

For Kate Durham and her brothers Neil and Alan, "freedom" is the catchword of the decade. Young Australians leap to the barricades of the social revolution. 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...

©2013 Copyright © Judy Nunn 2013. (P)2013 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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storyline was good

history woven in with fictitious family gave an insight into the early life in the Queensland 's sugar industry.

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  • 09-10-2021

A great story

Loved this one, well written and very enjoyable. Much prefer Judy Nunn’s earlier books though her recent publications are ok as well.

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what a great story awesome . real good twist in it . well read keeps you thinking

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Another excellent book from Judy Nunn

Fabulous story line. Very well narrated by Jane Nolan.
I always enjoy the Australiana of Judy Nunn storylines.

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Great storyline

This book is beautiful, love the story line. Both romantic and mysterious. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • 27-11-2019

powerful storytelling

This is my first Judy Nunn book and I'm running out to find more. Absolutely loved the story and character development. Rode the emotional cane train through the years with the Durhams - cracking read!

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