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William Patterson is a wealthy ambitious politician with a scandalous past. Elizabeth is his beloved daughter, beautiful and headstrong. Stefan Muller is a poor German migrant seeking a better life in Australia.
As a young nation comes of age, these three lives collide igniting an epic tale of political manoeuvring, prejudice wrought by war, love and loss – a sweeping saga that traverses the bright lights of Sydney, the battlefields of Europe, and the picturesque Barossa Valley.
Peter Yeldham’s first historical novel, A Bitter Harvest, expertly weaves fictional characters into the tapestry of actual events in Australia and the world in the early part of the 20th century.
‘The master of the Australian historical blockbuster’
‘An epic read and totally absorbing’
Anna Blackie – May 10, 2016:
A Bitter Harvest that really changed something for me. This book moved me so profoundly that I doubt I will ever fully recover. It is truly one of the most magnificent and touching books that I have ever read. It’s beautifully tragic, even thinking about it now is bringing a tear to my eye. A Bitter Harvest changed something for me. As I read this novel and fell in love with the characters and embedded myself in the time period, I thought of Peter, this man that I have known my whole life. I thought about how he had been able to weave these unique characters from thin air. Now, I know this sounds like something that every writer does, but I can’t stress how much of a feat A Bitter Harvest is. The book is 578 pages long, and spans over three generations of the Patterson/Muller family. The characters are deep and challenging, you finish the book feeling like you’ve made lifelong friends, their lives affecting you in a way you can’t comprehend.
Read the rest of my review here: http://annablackie.com/inspiration-from-familiar-places/
Candace Chidiac – May 17, 2016:
A Bitter Harvest is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. Set in Australia, it explores what was happening while the war raged overseas, with a particular focus on the experience of neutralized Germans who had been living in Australia for many years. Spanning three generations, Yeldham perfectly encapsulates the complexities of family, love, and the confusing and terrifying realities of being targeted simply because of your race. I cried constantly throughout the book and non-stop for the last 50 pages. He is a master story-teller and you feel like you know the characters as if they are your own family. A must read for anyone wanting to get lost in a big book filled with rich characters and a plot that thrusts you forward all the way to the last word.
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