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The Diamond Hunter

Narrated by: Katy Sobey
Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
5 out of 5 stars (32 ratings)

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'It won't matter how many diamonds you find if you lose the love of your child.'

When six-year-old Clementine Knight loses her mother to malaria during the 1870s diamond rush in southern Africa, she is left to be raised by her destitute, alcoholic father, James. Much of Clementine's care falls to their trusty Zulu companion, Joseph One-Shoe, and the unlikely pair form an unbreakable bond. 

When the two men uncover a large, flawless diamond, James believes he has finally secured their future, but the discovery of the priceless gem comes at a huge cost. A dark bargain is struck to do whatever it takes to return Clementine to a respectable life at the Grant family's sprawling estate in northern England - while the diamond disappears. 

Years on, long-buried memories of Clementine's childhood in Africa and her beloved Joseph One-Shoe are triggered, as she questions whom she can trust. To solve the mystery of what happened to her loved ones all those years ago, she must confront a painful history and finally bring justice to bear. 

From the harsh desert of Africa's Kimberley diamond mine to the misty, green plains of northern England, The Diamond Hunter is a breathtaking adventure story about trust and betrayal, the ultimate quest for truth and a love that is truly priceless. 

©2019 Fiona McIntosh (P)2019 Penguin Random House Australia Audio

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A wonderful novel

loved it. The story woven into history moves along nicely and the characters come alive with both the skill of the author and the narrative.

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McIntosh at her storytelling best

Unputdownable. Fiona McIntosh has her writing recipe down pat. There is a rich opening, poingiant scenes of a small girl living under horrendous circumstances, yet she is happy with the two men she loves. Her father, and a Zulu warrior in the African Diamond fields. Beautifully researched, the tale is one of drama, sadness, grief and loss. Yet above all, forgiveness, love and the need for family.

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  • Hastings, Australia
  • 29-11-2019

Loved this story.

What a beautiful story of Clementine and Joseph One Shoe set in a harsh landscape of early diamond mine fields in Africa. Very poignant and beautifully narrated. I found the ending a bit abrupt as if the story just stopped and would have loved to know if Clementine did find Reggie before he died and was reunited with Will. Was there more than just a whisper of that potential promise after the rains at the graves of her parents as the day ended with Joseph and Clem? There just seemed more to be said and done. However, it was a wonderful story and well researched. Africa came alive.

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Oh Clementine...

This is a beautiful story beautifully read. I’ll be sure to listen to it again one day.