The Temptations of Frederick Weld by Michael Wall

By Michael Wall

In 1854 the hot Zealand Parliament gathers in Auckland for the 1st time.

Frederick Weld, a naïve English aristocrat, is its youngest member. He arrives within the uncooked younger Capital from the lonely hinterland; propounding the virtues of “responsible government”, but secretly he's way more attracted to discovering diversion, leisure and feminine corporation than he's in advancing democracy. within the occasion, he encounters extra of all 4 than he has bargained, or perhaps wanted, for.

The Temptations of Frederick Weld tracks the younger lawmaker into awesome ball rooms the place he encounters an array of vainglorious politicians, on-the-make businessmen, on-the-run soldiers-of-fortune, rogues, vagabonds and gorgeous girls of various levels of advantage. It additionally follows him down the damaging lanes and sewer-rivers as he pursues a serial killer and in the back of the tightly-pulled colonial curtains the place an all-is-not-what-it-seems love affair unfolds.

Beyond his hedonistic adventures, Frederick additionally reveals time to take part within the delivery of the world’s most recent democracy, joining New Zealand’s first cupboard, even supposing precisely how he does so continues to be as a lot of a secret to himself because it does to people who come upon him. Michael Wall has written an outstanding novel approximately politics, crime, forbidden love, and an embryonic society suffering to discover legitimacy within the furthest-place-on-earth.

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