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The Blue Mile - Kim Kelly

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The week before Christmas, 1929, Eoghan O'Keenan loses his factory job, and has to flee the slums of Chippendale with his seven-year-old sister Agnes.

On the north side of Sydney at Lavender Bay, Olivia Greene is working on her latest millinery creations and dreaming of becoming the next Coco Chanel.

A job on the Harbour Bridge for Eoghan, designing couture for the Governor's wife for Olivia, and a chance meeting in the Botanic Gardens sees the beginning of an unconventional romance. From vastly different backgrounds, with absolutely nothing in common - from faith to wealth and class - it seems that the blue mile of harbour between Olivia and Eoghan will be the least of the obstacles ahead.

By mid-1932, as the construction of the Bridge is completed, the city is in chaos as the Great Depression begins to bite hard and the unemployed edge ever closer to a violent revolt.

And then Eoghan disappears.

Set against the spectacular backdrop of Sydney Harbour, The Blue Mile is a tale of the both wild and calculated risks a city took to build a wonder of the world, and of those taken by ordinary people to save a great love, against all of the odds.

About the Author

Kim Kelly lives in Orange, New South Wales, and The Blue Mile is her third novel.

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      4.0

      Great Story

      By Gran

      from NSW

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      Pros

      • Captures Time And Place
      • Easy To Understand
      • Interesting Characters
      • Original Story

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        Comments about The Blue Mile:

        An excellent story with historical facts throughout

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        5.0

        Loved it. Have bought two more for gifts

        By Bookworm

        from Orange

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          This book gets you in on the first page.

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          5.0

          Loved it

          By Cherwool

          from Perth

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          • Captures Time And Place
          • Educational
          • Great For Anyone
          • Interesting Characters
          • Well Written

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          I loved learning about the exciting time of change in Sydney as the Harbour Bridge was being built. The depression and people who lived through it and the politics of the time. Romance and overcoming adversity all in one novel.

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          ISBN: 9781742613918
          ISBN-10: 1742613918
          Audience: General
          Format: Paperback
          Language: English
          Number Of Pages: 464
          Published: 1st May 2014
          Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
          Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 15.3  x 3.3
          Weight (kg): 0.57