Alone in the World: A Tale of New Zealand
Jenny Coleman (Editor)
Alone in the World is a sensation novel first published in 1866 by one of the country's most outspoken feminist authors and journalists, Mary Colclough. This edition has been edited with notes and an introduction by Jenny Coleman.
Orphaned and alone, the young governess Annie Barrington sails to New Zealand in search of her lost brother. In Auckland, she finds instead a man who offers her happiness, but whose past hides a dark crime. Also trying to escape the past are Annie's employer, Mrs Willoughby Watkins, and her stylish friend Mrs De Costremonge, who discover that conquering colonial high society is not as easy as they hoped. Back in England, Annie's friend Laura Scott waits in vain for news of her absconded husband. When Laura receives a fatal letter from the other side of the world, it threatens to destroy all that Annie holds dear.