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On the goldfields of 19th century Australia, two very different girls are trying to escape their past. English governess Violet Hartley has fled from England after a scandalous liaison. Now she is angling for a rich husband and a new life. Little Cat is fleeing from her home in Southern China after killing the powerful old man who tried to rape her. Disguised as a boy, she ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published June 1st 2019 by Head of Zeus
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Brenda
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Seventeen-year-old Little Cat and her twin, Second Brother knew the silk was their future – but more was needed. The mulberry trees were plentiful, the silk woven from the cocoons kept them busy from dawn to dusk. But their father needed more land. The family adjacent to their property, wealthy landowner Wu, could lease them more. Little Cat was best friends with the daughter, Siu Wan – but lifestyles would go the way the parents and elders wanted them to…

When Little Cat was put in the path
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Jeanette Lewis
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and HarperCollins Australia for the opportunity to read and review another fabulous book from Carol Jones.

What could be the connection between a teenage girl living in the Pearl River Delta of China in 1856 and that of a young English woman 25 years old in the same era living in Robetown Sth Australia. The reader will see that both are not your usual compliant females of this era, rather they are feisty, independent and have great determination. I loved and identified with
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Andrea
3.5★
It's 1856, and in the Pearl River Delta village of Sandy Bottom, feisty 18yo Little Cat is considering becoming a self-combed woman; putting her own hair up to proclaim herself a spinster who will not be beholden to any man. But her life takes a dramatic turn when she comes to the attention of the village's most powerful man, and she finds herself on her way to the New Gold Mountain (the Victorian goldfields) disguised as a man.

Meanwhile, in Robetown, a small coastal settlement in South Aust
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Elvina Zafril
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story is inspired by the true event in 19th Century where the Chinese immigrants who were landed in Australia and had to walk a few hundred miles to get to goldfields.

Little Cat and her family run silk but they need more land. They need to make money. Little Cat twin brother had been planning to go to Australia to make money but the one who headed there was Little Cat. Little Cat disguised as a boy and changed her name to Strong Arm. As she headed to her new life, she didn’t realize that som
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4.5 stars
The Boy with Blue Trousers is a stimulating journey across the seas, taking the reader from the silk groves of China, through to the port destination of Robetown in South Australia, and finally to the fateful western goldfields region in Victoria. It is an eventful tale that interlocks the lives of two very different women, Little Cat and Violet, as they both negotiate a world that does not welcome unconventional women.

Opening in 1850s China, around
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Vince
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Inspired by the true 19th-century story of thousands of Chinese immigrants who were landed in a tiny Australian port and had to walk hundreds of miles to the goldfields, The Boy With Blue Trousers is a moving tale of a young Chinese woman who dresses as a boy to escape a powerful family intent on vengeance. From the mulberry groves of China to the strange new land across the ocean, she must not only deal with the enemy who hunts her, but the beautiful yet untrustworthy Englishwoman whose fate be ...more
Carol Jones
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
This book and its characters have been with me for a long time, so I have to give them the thumbs up now that they are finally out in the world.
Emily Hussey
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An engrossing and well-researched story. Kept me captivated, such that I kept reading long after I should have been doing other things.
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The Concubine's Child, set in 1930s Malaya, was my first novel for adults. It was inspired by twenty-five years of annual visits to Malaysia to stay with my partner's family. Previously, I have written more than thirty books for younger readers.

Born in Australia, I have spent most of my life in Melbourne, working as an English and drama teacher and as an editor of children's magazines. I have been
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