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Napoleon's Willow: A Story of Akaroa

Napoleon's Willow: A Story of Akaroa
 

In 1837, on remote St Helena Island in the South Atlantic Ocean, Frenchman Francois Lelievre searches for the legendary willow tree beside Napoleon's grave. A tree in which he believes Napoleon's spirit is still alive, inspiring the noble ideals of the French Revolution - liberty... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780987658784
Published 22 April 2016 by Eunoia Publishing
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Taylor, Joan E.
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ISBN-13 9780987658784
ISBN-10 0987658786
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Eunoia Publishing
Imprint RSVP Publishing Company Ltd
Publication Date 22 April 2016
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Taylor, Joan E.
Category General & Literary Fiction
Historical Fiction
Classic Fiction
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
Maori
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 337
Dimensions Width: 178mm
Height: 210mm
Spine: 18mm
Weight 541g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Historical & Mythological Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.3
Catalogue Code 662720

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In 1837, on remote St Helena Island in the South Atlantic Ocean, Frenchman Francois Lelievre searches for the legendary willow tree beside Napoleon's grave. A tree in which he believes Napoleon's spirit is still alive, inspiring the noble ideals of the French Revolution - liberty, equality and brotherhood.

With cuttings from Napoleon's willow in his care, Francois journeys to Akaroa on the Banks Peninsula in New Zealand as a blacksmith aboard a whaling ship, and plants these slips in this new land during a time of conflict, as the French and British compete to be the first to colonise this newly-discovered part of the country.

Around the same time, Marianne a young schoolteacher from England, sets out on a turbulent path via the new British colonies of Sydney in New South Wales and Russell in the Bay of Islands, that lead her to the same place, looking for her own sense of liberty.

They both encounter and befriend a well-travelled and respected Maori man from Banks Peninsula, Manako-uri, who is facing his own difficulties and challenges as the newcomers plant their hopes and dreams in his ancestral land.

Based on real events and people from our colonial past, this impeccably researched and dramatic adult fiction follows the lives of the main characters as they become entwined together in an intense story of adventure, love and loss. This novel explores not only an important chapter in New Zealand's history, but also the deep and sanguine forces that drove the early settlers and pioneers to leave the safe and familiar of Europe to etch new lives for themselves in the far-away, unknown and treacherous corners of the world.

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