Jack Yang, orphaned in a horrific incident during the Tai Ping Revolution in China, seeks a new life far away in the tin mines at Emu Flat in Tasmania, as do many of his fellow Chinese. Emu Flat is also a magnet for misfits and fortune-hunters, including a crooked mine manager, his muscle-bound minder, the evil Wu Ying, and Terry and Lizzie, two working girls in the guise of English teachers. A dangerous swindle by Wu Ying throws them all together. Terry falls in love with Jack but he, recognising Wu Ying as the one who destroyed his family, is too obsessed with exacting a savage revenge …
QUOTES FROM REVIEWS
Biggs spins a yarn that takes us right inside the mining camps. We see and smell the miners’ shanties and are introduced to a fascinating and thoroughly believable set of characters.
– The North-Eastern Advertiser –
John Biggs leaves the reader hanging on every word. The tale gives an astonishing insight into a forgotten part of Tasmania’s rich history.
– The Examiner –
Biggs clearly knows his subject … he crafts a story that examines love, racism, history and philosophy, but never forgets to entertain as it educates.
– South China Morning Post –
Biggs’ history is sound, but not heavy, in this fast-moving, entertaining novel. -Famous Reporter –