Winner of the Golden Crown Literary Society Award for Historical Fiction, 2016
“I was totally gripped by Frances’s story… a rich and detailed book, full of insight into the period and understanding of the human pain and delight experienced by the characters.” Irish News
Golddigger is a historical novel set against the landscapes of famine Ireland and gold rush California. Frances Moriarty prepares for another day working in New York as shoeshine boy Frank. She has left her family and the great love of her life, Kitty Gorman, behind in Ireland. A letter from home brings word of more famine deaths. But Frank/Frances’s life is set to change as a newspaper article prompts her to pursue a chance of fortune in the California gold fields.
“Hilary McCollum has excelled in penning this novel.” Irish American News
“an amazing tale of love and heartbreak told with a grace that builds and flows.”
“loved every minute of it!”
“thoughtful, evocative, emotional and intriguing… if you haven’t read it yet – DO!”
“a real page turner which I found hard to put down.”
Read an extract from Golddigger here.