Cross Creek Return
A tragic accident in 1880 on the Rimutaka Incline leaves young George traumatised. His preminition of danger before the event is paralleled by events experienced by his grandfather, an emigrant to Nelson in 1842. The growth of the Colony of Nelson and the 77 years of the Rimutaka Incline Railway, with its Fell engines, set the background to this novel.
Irene Swadling, author of New Legends of Aotearoa and New Zealand Birds (Reed 2006), has a long held interest in writing. She has written and produced short plays and operettas during her teaching career, dabbled in poetry and been published occasionally by Learning Media. This is her first novel.