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Tiger Men by Judy Nunn Sample Chapter

Tiger Men by Judy Nunn Sample Chapter

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From the pen of master storyteller, Judy Nunn, comes another brilliant work of fiction woven into the tapestry of Australian history.

'This town is full of tiger men,' Dan said. 'Just look around you. The merchants, the builders, the bankers, the company men, they're all out for what they can get. This is a tiger town, Mick, a place at the bottom of the world where God turns a blind eye to pillage and plunder.'

Van Diemen's Land was an island of stark contrasts; a harsh penal colony, an English idyll for its landed gentry, and an island so rich in natural resources it was a profiteer's paradise.

Its capital Hobart Town had its contrasts too; the wealthy elite in their sandstone mansions, the exploited poor in the notorious slum known as Wapping, and the criminals and villains who haunted the dockside taverns and brothels of Sullivan's Cove. Hobart Town was no place for the meek.

TIGER MEN is the story of Silas Stanford, a wealthy Englishman; Mick O'Callaghan an Irishman on the run; and Jefferson Powell, an idealistic American political prisoner. It is also the story of the strong, proud women who loved them, and of the children they bore who rose to power in the cut-throat world of international trade.

TIGER MEN is the sweeping tale of three families who lived through Tasmania’s golden era and witnessed the birth of the Commonwealth of Australia, only to watch its young men consumed by the fires and horror of the First World War.
From the pen of master storyteller, Judy Nunn, comes another brilliant work of fiction woven into the tapestry of Australian history.

'This town is full of tiger men,' Dan said. 'Just look around you. The merchants, the builders, the bankers, the company men, they're all out for what they can get. This is a tiger town, Mick, a place at the bottom of the world where God turns a blind eye to pillage and plunder.'

Van Diemen's Land was an island of stark contrasts; a harsh penal colony, an English idyll for its landed gentry, and an island so rich in natural resources it was a profiteer's paradise.

Its capital Hobart Town had its contrasts too; the wealthy elite in their sandstone mansions, the exploited poor in the notorious slum known as Wapping, and the criminals and villains who haunted the dockside taverns and brothels of Sullivan's Cove. Hobart Town was no place for the meek.

TIGER MEN is the story of Silas Stanford, a wealthy Englishman; Mick O'Callaghan an Irishman on the run; and Jefferson Powell, an idealistic American political prisoner. It is also the story of the strong, proud women who loved them, and of the children they bore who rose to power in the cut-throat world of international trade.

TIGER MEN is the sweeping tale of three families who lived through Tasmania’s golden era and witnessed the birth of the Commonwealth of Australia, only to watch its young men consumed by the fires and horror of the First World War.

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Copyright © Judy Nunn 2011. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, transmittedin any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the publisher.
 
A William Heinemann bookPublished by Random House Australia Pty LtdLevel 3, 100 Pacific Highway, North Sydney NSW 2060www.randomhouse.com.auFirst published by William Heinemann in 2011Copyright © Judy Nunn 2011The moral right of the author has been asserted.All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmittedby any person or entity, including internet search engines or retailers, in anyform or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying(except under the statutory exceptions provisions of the Australian
Copyright Act 1968
), recording, scanning or by any informationstorage and retrieval system without the prior written permission of Random House Australia.Addresses for companies within the Random House Group can be found atwww.randomhouse.com.au/offices.National Library of AustraliaCataloguing-in-Publication EntryNunn, Judy.Tiger men/Judy Nunn.ISBN 978 1 86471 218 6 (pbk.)A823.3Cover design by Design by CommitteeInside cover by Blue CorkInternal design by Midland Typesetters, AustraliaTasmanian tiger illustration by Shane NagelMaps by Darian Causby/Highway 51 Design WorksTypeset in 12/14.5 Sabon by Midland Typesetters, AustraliaPrinted in Australia by Griffin Press, an accredited ISO AS/NZS 14001:2004Environmental Management System printer10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1The paper this book is printed on is certified against theForest Stewardship Council® Standards. Griffin Press holdsFSC chain of custody certification SGS-COC-005088. FSCpromotes environmentally responsible, socially beneficialand economically viable management of the world’s forests
Copyright © Judy Nunn 2011. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, transmittedin any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of thepublisher.
 
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fter rounding Cape Raoul with a blustering south-erly at her stern, the
Maid of Canton
had fairlyraced up Storm Bay. She was a clipper built forspeed and few vessels could match her. A former opiumrunner, the
Maid 
,
 
as she was affectionately known, serveda more respectable master these days, working the Britishtrade routes for a wealthy merchant company.Past Cape Direction and on up the Derwent the
Maid 
had sped, her skipper eager to make dock before afternoonbecame dusk.Then off the port bow, beyond the endless masts of ships at anchor, the hustle and bustle that was HobartTown suddenly came into view.To Mick O’Callaghan it was a magic sight.‘There she is, Mick.’ Seamus gave him a nudge. ‘You’vemade it, you lucky young bastard.’‘I certainly have,’ Mick responded with a grin, ‘and mostobliged I am for your help, Seamus.’ I’ve made it all right,he thought. And as far as luck went, Seamus didn’t knowthe half of it. Arriving in Hobart Town was perhaps notremarkable, but arriving as a free man was little short of amiracle. He should have been one of those poor bastardsdragging their chains off a transport ship.‘Happy to have been of service,’ Seamus replied. And he
Copyright © Judy Nunn 2011. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, transmittedin any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of thepublisher.

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