The Blue Mile

The Blue Mile

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An engaging, entertaining read set in 1930s Sydney against the backdrop of the building of the Sydney Harbour Bridge...evocatively drawn.' - Books+Publishing

Broke and hopeless in 1929, Yo O'Keenan flees the violence of his home in Chippendale, and by some miracle charms his way into a job on the Harbour Bridge, a new start for himself and his little sister, Agnes.

Meanwhile, on the north side of Sydney, in her cluttered cottage at Lavender Bay, a young and ambitious costumier, Olivia Greene, works on her latest millinery creations, dreaming of taking her colours to Paris, London, New York.

A random encounter in the Botanic Gardens sparks a powerful attraction, even as the gulf between this pair seems wider than the blue mile of harbour that divides the city.

By mid-1932, the construction of the Bridge is complete, but Sydney is in chaos, on the brink of civil war, as the Great Depression begins to bite - hard.
And then Yo disappears.

Against the glittering backdrop of Sydney Harbour, The Blue Mile tells of the cruelties of poverty, the wild gamble a city took to build a wonder of the world, and the risks the truly brave will take for a chance at life.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 412 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 23mm | 603g
  • English
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 1925579263
  • 9781925579260
  • 592,065

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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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211 ratings
3.84 out of 5 stars
5 26% (55)
4 41% (86)
3 27% (58)
2 3% (6)
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