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Succession : The Sandstone Trilogy-Three - Michael John Beashel


The Sandstone Trilogy-Three

Paperback Published: 13th November 2017
ISBN: 9780648056928
Number Of Pages: 414

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Leary Contracting has to build it--the tallest hotel Sydney has ever seen. At 55, John Leary employs both his sons in his construction company, but the one he favours is his first-born, Richard. Meanwhile Richard's half-brother, Brendan, gains the respect of the Leary workers because he has 'bricks in his blood'.

John begins the massive hotel project, overcoming city red tape and the jabs of his fiercest competitor. The Imperial dwarfs all around it, with hundreds of workers busting their guts to finish the brutal program. Richard, charming but unreliable, marries well and dazzles the Sydney society of 1885, while Brendan proves himself tougher than he looks whenever real work is required.

John must choose which of his sons will lead Learys into the next century. Only after the Imperial is completed does he make his decision.

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An engrossing saga of class, commerce and dynastic struggle. Michael Beashel displays a thorough craftsmanship born of his own life on construction sites, and one perfectly suited to portraying the dog-eat-dog bullishness of one of Sydney's most remarkable eras. .

Alasdair McGregor

Author of:

Grand Obsessions: The life and work of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin and A forger's progress: The life of Francis Greenway

A great told story with a greater teaser at the end


A delightful idea to pitch this story thirty years after Unshackled. It works well. John Leary is ready to hand over control of his building dynasty. How he does this is well told and teases the reader till the end. All set against a background of a major hotel under construction and you feel the effort of the builders and rejoice in the love affairs of the sons




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ISBN: 9780648056928
ISBN-10: 0648056929
Series: Sandstone Trilogy
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 414
Published: 13th November 2017
Publisher: Michael Beashel
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.63

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