The Alexandrite

The Alexandrite

4.43 (14 ratings by Goodreads)
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A stranger is discovered dead in the woods beside Ashly House. The unusual stone and threatening letter found with the body opens up a mystery for Pamela, Lady Scawton. The stone's colour-changing property is at the heart of the story and takes the characters on a voyage to discover how past events are intertwined with the present.

'The Alexandrite' is a novel set in both England and New Zealand. The story is contemporary but as it involves family secrets, there are flashbacks to historical scenes which link the story throughout the 20th century. The trail leads from World War 1 to the present day and from an English country village to New Zealand farmland. As the story unravels, a history of class conflicts and social change determines how the characters face the future.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 18.54mm | 503.49g
  • New Zealand
  • English
  • 0473483300
  • 9780473483302
  • 1,819,579

Review quote

A gripping narrative, spanning several generations of English and New Zealand families, lent tension by the iniquities of the British class system and the differing values of its colourful cast. Connected by the intricate networks of empire, the Scawton family becomes caught up in the enigmatic story of a rare precious stone, mined in Tsarist Russia, which changes colour in different lights. The alexandrite stone gives its name to the title of the novel, as well as becoming a metaphor for the changing fortunes of members of the Scawton family as they struggle to come to terms with events of the modern era.

Graeme Lay - prize-winning author of a trilogy based on the life of James Cook
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14 ratings
4.43 out of 5 stars
5 64% (9)
4 14% (2)
3 21% (3)
2 0% (0)
1 0% (0)
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