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Everything that mattered to Frances Moriarty was left behind in famine-ravaged Ireland, including the love of her life. Beset with grief and guilt, she is scraping out a shadowy existence as a New York shoeshine boy when word spreads: gold lines the riverbeds of California.

Determined to find her fortune, Frances sets out on the overland trek to California’s gold fields. But her steps are haunted by the past.

Rich with historic detail and steeped in the secret passion of women-loving-women, Hilary McCollum’s debut novel is an epic story of love lost and found.

“Golddigger is an extraordinary achievement. The characters and what happened to them will stay with me for a long time.” Helen Morales, Author of Pilgrimage to Dollywood

“I loved Golddigger. It is an amazing tale of love and heartbreak told with a grace that builds and flows. I was compelled to turn the pages.” Amanda Gay Love, Queer Sexuality Educator

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My name is Hilary McCollum and I am a writer, storyteller and campaigner living in northwest Ireland. Golddigger is my first novel. My award-winning play, Life and Love: Lesbian Style, explores the highs and lows of lesbian existence. My childhood memoir, Funny Peculiar, was published in 2008.

I have contributed to the development of LGBT creative voices in northwest Ireland as a founding member of Foyle lesbian and bisexual women’s writing group and northwest LGBT playwrights and as a board member of Outburst Queer Arts Festival. I am currently working on a novel set in the British suffragette movement with support from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

I have been a feminist activist for more than 25 years, campaigning primarily on the issue of violence against women and children, and remain committed to working for genuine liberation, equality and justice.



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