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Monday, 20 June 2011

The Breadwinners by Jan Hurst-Nicholson


Jan Hurst-Nicholson

When an ambitious young immigrant opens a bakery incompetition with his vengeful former employer it is the beginning of a bitterrivalry that spans three generations of hatred, jealousy, passion and betrayalas the bakeries grow from small family businesses into large corporations.

It is New Year’s Eve 1924 and the fiery and volatileCharles McGill is devastated when Addy Brody, the woman he loves, announces herengagement to Lucas Connelly, his friend and co-worker.  Charles drownshis sorrow in drink and seduces Hilde Richter, the unattractive daughter of awealthy Durban businessman. When Hilde finds she is pregnant her father offersto set up the penniless Charles with his own bakery if he will marry her.Charles readily agrees and, unknown to Hilde, the two men draw up a contract.It is the beginning of a battle for supremacy between Charles, Lucas, and MilesDavenport, their former employer.

As the bakeries grow and prosper, acrimony begins within thefamilies, pitting brother against brother, and Charles becomes increasinglydissatisfied, realising that success means nothing if he cannot have the womanhe loves.

The story covers a period of sixty years and leads usthrough the fortunes, joys and sorrows, successes and failures of the threefamilies as they survive the great depression, the war years and the isolationof South Africa.

At 118, 000 words, THE BREADWINNERS is an epic family sagathat explores the adage, ‘from clogs to clogs in threegenerations’. It is based on the baking industry where the author workedfor several years, and gives revealing insights into the growth of Durban andthe baking industry. It will appeal to readers who enjoy historical fiction setin exotic locations, and those who read authors such as Barbara TaylorBradford, Catherine Gaskin and Belva Plain.

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