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Black Diamonds

Black Diamonds

Kim Kelly

Kim Kelly

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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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Kim Kelly writes novels and short stories that explore Australia, its history, politics and people. Her novella, The Rat Catcher: A Love Story, was shortlisted for Viva La Novella and longlisted for the ARA Historical Novel Prize, and her latest historical fiction, Ladies’ Rest and Writing Room, was a winner of the Finlay Lloyd 20/40 Prize. A dedicated narrative addict, Kim is also a long-term book editor and she’s currently in the midst of a PhD in Literature. Originally from Sydney, today Kim lives in central New South Wales, on Wiradjuri country, with her muse de bloke, and occasionally the kids when they come home to graze.

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