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From the author of The Memory of Music
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1821: After the landlord of Lugdale Estate in Kerry is
assassinated, young Art O’Neill’s innocent father is hanged and Art is
deported to the cane fields of Jamaica as an indentured servant. On
Mangrove Plantation he gradually acclimatises to the exotic country
and unfamiliar customs of the African slaves, and achieves a kind of
Then the new heirs to the plantation arrive. His new owner is Colonel
Stratford-Rice from Lugdale Estate, the man who hanged his father. Art
must overcome his hatred to survive the harsh life of a slave and live
to see the eventual emancipation which
liberates his coloured children. Eventually he is
promised seven gold coins when he finishes his service,
but he doubts his master will part with the coins.
One hundred years later in Ireland, a skeleton is discovered
beneath a fallen tree on the grounds of Lugdale Estate. By its
side is a gold coin minted in 1870. Yseult, the owner of the
estate, watches as events unfold, fearful of the long-buried truths
that may emerge about her family’s past and its links
to the slave trade. As the body gives up its secrets,
Yseult realises she too can no longer hide.
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