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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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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