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The Inheritance of Ivorie Hammer
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The dramatic events of a travelling circus in a gold-mining town echo down the decades to Mrs Ivorie Hammer, who discovers that her own origins are not as she thought. When her small community is scandalized by several mysterious deaths and disappearances, it is Ivorie’s secret history that holds the key to the truth.

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A murder mystery and comedy of manners that is never what it seems.

When brothers Arcadia and Otto Cirque arrive in a fading gold-mining town with their travelling circus, Saturnalia, the town and the life of young Mary Ann Ward will never be the same. Months later, the flamboyant Arcadia Cirque is found dead, a pregnant Marianne Ward goes missing and Otto Cirque sets off in pursuit of her.

These dramatic events echo down the decades to Mrs Ivorie Hammer, who is dealing with her own problems. Pregnant and vexed by recent catastrophic events in her home town, she discovers that her own origins are not as she thought. As the small community of Pitch is scandalized by several mysterious deaths and disappearances, it is Ivorie’s secret history that holds the key to the truth.

The Inheritance of Ivorie Hammer is an imaginative epic that weaves together a Dickensian sense of mystery, colourful characters and a township at social war with itself. It is a unique and playful literary novel that announces the arrival of a dynamic new Australian writing talent.

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Edwina Preston

Edwina Preston

Edwina Preston is the author of Not Just a Suburban Boy (Duffy and Snellgrove), a biography of the artist Howard Arkley. Her writing and reviews have appeared in the Age, the Australian, the Sydney Morning Herald, Heat magazine and the Griffith Review. She lives in Melbourne, where she teaches creative writing at NMIT.
‘A truly stunning novel, brimming with charm, droll wit and memorable characters.’ Chris Womersley, award-winning author of Bereft