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The Blue Mile

The Blue Mile

Kim Kelly

Kim Kelly

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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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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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