pursuit of My Li propels the story along at an exciting pace
... with several plot twists … This fictionalised account
deals with an important aspect of Australia’s history in an
interesting and compelling manner. ’ Maria Cullen,
History Teachers Association of Victoria.
reading the first few pages the story took control … money
well spent …’ Peter
F. Pike, Writers
I thoroughly enjoyed this
book. My Li's journey from China to Australia set against the
historical and well researched background of the 19th century
gold rush in Australia, provided an excellent and pacey read.
The story shone through.
Superb historical novel with supernatural overtones.
The main protagonist, My
Li, is a young man growing up in nineteenth century China,
when that country was going through a period of economic and
political turmoil and corrupt tongs or triads dominated day
to day life.
My Li’s family falls foul of their local warlord
and, before she dies, My Li’s mother arranges
for My Li and his sister to join the gold rush in Australia
- the Great South Land - where she hopes they will find
security and their fortunes.
After the untimely death of
his sister, My Li inadvertently finds himself in possession of an
important talisman belonging to the Triad. Two
assassins - or ‘Red Poles’ – are sent to
retrieve it. My Li befriends
an elderly, spiritually orientated Chinese who decides it is
his destiny to accompany the young man and guide him on his
In Australia, they are
initially used as
slave labour by the infamous William Macarthur, an
unscrupulous squatter or land-owner. Evading the Red Poles and meeting an
Aboriginal youth who assists them, they reach the goldfields. However, unable to avoid his pursuers and his fate,
My Li learns he has to come to terms with life as it is
– not how he would like it to be.
12 November 2013
RELEASED MARCH 2014
Format:153 x 229 mm
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