In 1850 scandal and desperation create havoc in the lives of many English people. Encouraged to get out of sight and out of mind, emigration beckons. Many of the damned seek survival, and many of the decadent seek to restore positions of privilege. Their ship the Redemption, with its cargo of hope and ambition becomes a vessel of intrigue, her passengers realising one last roll of the dice awaits them at the bottom of the world. The ship makes landfall in New Zealand, the hell-hole of the South Pacific. In the ensuing scramble for wealth and power, old habits die hard. Sex and alcohol become rampant, huge risks are taken while the religious ideals of the colony’s founders and the desires of those in authority are ignored. The struggle for survival of the fiercely independent Irish peasants Patrick and Josephine Mahoney, and their ongoing feud with the aristocratic English wool barons, Humphrey and Emma Robinson, is an inspiring human drama, set amid the birth of a great nation.
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About the Author Geoff McDonnell was born in Ashburton, New Zealand in 1947. He attended St Bede’s College and then began a career in Accountancy and Sales and Marketing. He began writing in 1981, his first books being of a technical nature reflecting his background in the Accountancy, Life Assurance, Wool Industry and the Futures & Foreign Exchange Markets. In 1989, his hobby of writing evolved into a full time publishing business. In 1993 as a result of his non-fiction books, he decided to put his theory into practice and entered the field of Real Estate, a career he has embraced with great passion. When not engaged in real estate activities, he is involved with family, wife Margaret, son Julian and daughter Charlotte, writing, golf, playing bridge and travelling. Books written by Geoff McDonnell Non - Fiction 1981 - The Self-Employed Persons Tax Manual 1981 - The New Zealand Housing Finance Guide 1982 - The Tax Slasher 1982 - Investment And You In The 80s 1983 - A Guide To Trading In The New Zealand Futures Markets. 5 Revised Editions 1984 - The New Zealand Housing Finance Guide. 2nd Edition 1985 - Investment And You In the 80s Revised Edition 1989 - Inside The Foreign Exchange Markets 1990 - Investment And You In The 90s 1990 - Housing Finance Made Simple 1990 - The Wicked Way To Wealth 1991 - Grow Your Own Fruit and Vegetables 1992 - How to Buy and Sell the New Zealand House 2009 - Sexual Empowerment 1st Edition 2010 - Boom, Bust & Away Again 2010 - Sexual Empowerment 2nd Edition 2012 - Sexual Empowerment. ebook Edition. Fiction 2011 - The Decadent and The Damned.
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