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  • Published: 28 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446450437
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 448

The Colour

The Colour is a gripping drama of sacrifice and greed set during the mid-nineteenth-century gold rush in New Zealand.

Joseph and Harriet Blackstone emigrate from Norfolk to New Zealand in search of new beginnings and prosperity. But the harsh land near Christchurch threatens to destroy them almost before they begin. When Joseph finds gold in the creek he is seized by a rapturous obsession with the voluptuous riches awaiting him deep in the earth. Abandoning his farm and family, he sets off alone for the new gold-fields over the Southern Alps, a moral wilderness where many others, under the seductive dreams of 'the colour', are violently rushing to their destinies.

By turns both moving and terrifying, The Colour is about a quest for the impossible, an attempt to mine the complexities of love and explore the sacrifices to be made in the pursuit of happiness.

  • Published: 28 February 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446450437
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 448

About the author

Rose Tremain

Rose Tremain’s novels and short stories have been published in thirty countries and have won many awards, including the Orange Prize (The Road Home), the Dylan Thomas Award (The Colonel's Daughter and Other Stories), the Whitbread Novel of the Year (Music & Silence) and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize (Sacred Country). Her most recent novel, The Gustav Sonata, was a Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller. It won the National Jewish Book Award in the US, the South Bank Sky Arts Award in the UK and was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award. Rose Tremain was made a CBE in 2007 and a Dame in 2020. She lives in Norfolk and London with the biographer, Richard Holmes.


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Praise for The Colour

Tremain is a magnificent storyteller with an enormous story to tell

Independent on Sunday

This is a writer whose breadth of imagination and supple prose transcend the genre: she is one of the finest writers in England

Daily Telegraph

Tremain has produced her own wondrous piece of gold


A fabulous work, bravely imaginative, deeply moving, surprising, invigorating and satisfying


This is a beautifully crafted book - at once a gripping adventure story and a compelling portrayal of human emotion at its bravest and its most vulnerable


The Colour is the produce of a large and generous talent, generous in its giving of enjoyment

Financial Times

An engrossing novel, an adventure story with a sensitive side


The Colour is a measured book, a diligent, painstaking book

Sunday Telegraph

She is a magical storyteller - it is as an artist that she excels

New Statesman

Brilliantly detailed and textured

Daily Mail

Tremain is the finest of historical fiction writers


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