Black Diamonds

Black Diamonds

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'This is the story of a love greatly tested and of the resilience of ordinary Australians sucked into a pointless war by propaganda. It's enough to turn you into a war protester.' - Australian Women's Weekly

It's 1914 and the coal town of Lithgow is booming. Daniel Ackerman is a serious young man, a miner, a socialist and German; Francine Connolly is the bourgeois, Irish-Catholic, too-good-for-this-place daughter of one of the mine owners. When a tragic accident forces them together, this class-crossed pair fall in love despite themselves.

Before the signatures on their marriage certificate are dry, though, war erupts, and a much more terrifying obstacle confronts them. Against his principles but driven by a sense of solidarity, Daniel enlists; Francine, horrified, has no choice but to watch him go.

Thrown into a daunting new world of separation and grief, they learn things about each other they might never have known in more certain times - hard lessons about heroism, sacrifice, and the thin line between bravery and stupidity.

Told with freshness, verve and wit, Black Diamonds is the tale of a fierce young nation, Australia, and two fierce hearts who dare to discover what courage really means.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 26mm | 676g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1925579220
  • 9781925579222
  • 928,070

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'colourful, evocative and energetic' - Sydney Morning Herald

'impressive research' - Daily Telegraph

'Why can't more people write like this?' - The Age

'Kim Kelly seems to understand the sounds and scents of the country ...' - West Australian

'engaging, entertaining' - Books+Publishing

'Story-telling is clearly encoded in her DNA...' - Writerful Books

'...her skill with language makes for a glorious and engaging journey...' - Newtown Review of Books
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58 ratings
4.15 out of 5 stars
5 45% (26)
4 33% (19)
3 16% (9)
2 7% (4)
1 0% (0)
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