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The Potato Factory
by Bryce Courtenay

Published: 1998-08-31
Paperback : 852 pages
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Ikey Solomon is very successful indeed, in the art of thieving. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from 19th century London to Van Diemens Land. In the backstreets and dives of ...
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Ikey Solomon is very successful indeed, in the art of thieving. Ikey's partner in crime is his mistress, the forthright Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from 19th century London to Van Diemens Land. In the backstreets and dives of Hobart Town, Mary learns the art of brewing and builds The Potato Factory, where she plans a new future. But her ambitions are threatened by Ikey's wife, Hannah, her old enemy. The two women raise their separate families. As each woman sets out to destroy the other, the families are brought to the edge of disaster.

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Don\'t let the first few chapters be off-putting. The story is so intriguing.
by reading1 (see profile) 09/11/13
Some very graphic cruelty, some language, and a whole lot of plot.

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  "Real Life people fictionalized"by reading1 (see profile) 09/11/13

Ikey Solomon may not be the man you want to know but his story grips and holds you until you find yourself on his side and have hopes that luck will get him to a safe place. He keeps fascinating you with... (read more)

 
  "Enthralling"by TinaLangdon (see profile) 09/10/13

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