The Potato Factory: The Potato Factory Trilogy Book 1

The Potato Factory: The Potato Factory Trilogy Book 1 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 th 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 I picked up The Potato Factory by Bryce Courtenay, looked at it, flipped to the last page and groaned, a whopper of a book and one I ve had on my shelf for many many years possibly because of its size and it being the first volume in The Potato Factory Trilogy so it was high time I moved it up to my TBR coffee table pile however, to peruse 800 pages plus seemed like a huge task at this time so many challenges to complete , I grabbed my phone, checked the Borrowbox app and there it was, with I picked up The Potato Factory by Bryce Courtenay, looked at it, flipped to the last page and groaned, a whopper of a book and one I ve had on my shelf for many many years possibly because of its size and it being the first volume in The Potato Factory Trilogy so it was high time I moved it up to my TBR coffee table pile however, to peruse 800 pages plus seemed like a huge task at this time so many challenges to complete , I grabbed my phone, checked the Borrowbox app and there it was, with a sigh of relief and a big smile on my face I tuned in and listened to what was the most epic, brutal and impressive story I ve read listened to in a while It s a remarkable book, but Humphrey Bower s stunning narration was certainly part of what made it so enthralling.The writing is very explicit, there were quite a few parts that were extremely savage which had me crying like a baby It took Bryce Courtenay 20 years to write this novel so one can imagine the research that went into this book The history in this novel was fascinating but the hardships the characters endured was frightening and just so bloody awful As far as I know Humphrey Bower has narrated 75 books that s beyond amazing and I m determined to listen to most of them that s how phenomenal Humphrey Bower is at narrating books Book 65 72 of my 2019 coffee table to read challenge, cont 2020 Holy hell This is one damn good book Bryce Courtenay still amazes me in his level of research comparable to only authors such as Diana Gabaldon and Jack Whyte It deals with the populating of the British colonies in Australia, Tasmaina, and New Zealand While the accuracy of detail is impeccable, his skill as a storyteller is what keeps me hooked on ordering his books from Australia Good God, I hope this man lives forever and keeps writing Thank goodness that it is one book in a series of 3 Holy hell This is one damn good book Bryce Courtenay still amazes me in his level of research comparable to only authors such as Diana Gabaldon and Jack Whyte It deals with the populating of the British colonies in Australia, Tasmaina, and New Zealand While the accuracy of detail is impeccable, his skill as a storyteller is what keeps me hooked on ordering his books from Australia Good God, I hope this man lives forever and keeps writing Thank goodness that it is one book in a series of 3 I was devastated by the end of Peekay s story in South Africa but being shipped from England s slums to Tasmania for the past few months has been a journey never to forget Definately a keeper on my favorites shelves Perhaps my favorite work of historical fiction Courtenay spins a intriguing tale of crime and deceit in early 19th century England and the Hobart Town penal colony Ikey Solomon likely the character that Fagen of Oliver was based on is easy to both love and hate We find ourselves sympathizing with Solomon, and despising him at the same time A must read for historical fiction fans You will find yourself wanting to read the two other books in the series. I read this as a download from Audible.com Humphrey Bower is an exceptional narrator effortlessly giving each character their own distinct voice I was enthralled with Courtenay s writing and Bower s narration I don t know if I d give it five stars as a print book or not, but I recommend it as an audible book to anyone.

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