Ikey Solomon is in the business of thieving. Ikey’s partner in crime is his mistress, Mary Abacus, until misfortune befalls them. They are parted and each must make the harsh journey from thriving 19th century London to the convict settlement of Van Diemen’s Land. In the backstreets and dives of Hobart Town, Mary learns the art of brewing and builds The Potato Factory. But her ambitions are threatened by Ikey’s wife, Hannah, her old enemy. The two women raise their separate families, one legitimate and the other bastard. As each woman sets out to destroy the other, the families are brought to the edge of disaster.
This is a brilliant story that keeps you captivated and draws you in. A must read.