The Colour by Rose Tremain

About the book

Joseph and Harriet Blackstone emigrate from Norfolk to New Zealand in search of new beginnings and prosperity. But the harsh land near Christchurch threatens to destroy them almost before they begin. When Joseph finds gold in the creek he is seized by a rapturous obsession with the voluptuous riches awaiting him deep in the earth. Abandoning his farm and family, he sets off alone for the new gold-fields over the Southern Alps, a moral wilderness where many others, under the seductive dreams of ‘the colour’, are violently rushing to their destinies.  By turns both moving and terrifying, The Colour is about a quest for the impossible, an attempt to mine the complexities of love and explore the sacrifices to be made in the pursuit of happiness.

Reviewed by Ems Valley U3A

Strong, well drawn characters. Descriptions clever but not over done, so it was easy to picture the scenes for ourselves. The ending was well crafted, and appropriate for all the characters”

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  1. Reviewed by Maisemore reading Club

    “All enjoyed reading this book. Human interest kept one reading. A book about aspiration and dreams, but none achieved. An abrupt ending that frustrated some readers”

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