The Sudden Metropolis

Author: K. K. POOLE

Amazon Customer Rating:  (5 / 5)
Goodreads Rating:   (4 / 5)

Kindle: £1.99

Paperback: £10.00

  • About

    Western Australia, 1900. A young British doctor arrives to work in the typhoid-ridden goldfields. Standing on the wharf in the sun’s glare, he already begins to doubt why he’s there.

    Throughout most of their childhood, twins John and Freddie Hunston have been inseparable. Even when Freddie goes off to fight in the Boer War, John follows, taking a position in the Royal Army Medical Corps; his objective being to protect his brother. However, his protection can only go so far, and when Freddie dies, John’s sense of loss is matched only by his sense of failure. In an effort to fulfil Freddie’s dying wish, and lay some of his ghosts to rest, John travels to the Australian goldfields. Here, he makes new friends, with histories and troubles of their own. He also discovers that the road to absolution is punishing, when it is paved with regret and guilt… and that even from half a world away, grief has a long reach.

    The Sudden Metropolis tells of man’s avarice, and one man’s atonement, in changing times and changing worlds…

    Above all it is a story of hope.

  • Product Details

    Format(s): Paperback and Kindle
    ISBN: 978-1-910603-44-4 (Paperback)
    ASIN: B076HDKKZP (Kindle)
    Edition: 1st Edition
    Imprint: GWL Publishing
    Classification: Fiction, Historical, War
    Paperback Published: 16 November, 2017
    Kindle Published: 16 November, 2017
    No. of pages: 372pp

  • Review(s)

    Praise for The Sudden Metropolis:

    A corker!

    A corker!

    This is a fascinating, rewarding novel. It gives us a detailed view of the conditions facing a young doctor serving in the Boer War and turn-of-the-century Western Australia during the gold rush as Dr John Hunston tries to outrun his own wounds through the healing of others. His adventures take him into hostile territory and the extremes of physical endurance. K. K. Poole knows his subject inside out and isn’t afraid to examine his protagonist’s emotions, nor to explore difficult social, medical and military questions of the time. From the cool mist of an English river in the early morning to the searing heat of the Australian desert, this fine debut novel offers a really rich and satisfying story. I’m looking forward to the rest of the trilogy by this promising author; he has much to say.
    What a talent. Everyone should read this book. Sublime.
    Lyndabee – Amazon Paperback Review, 17 December, 2017.

    This beautifully written debut novel is an absolute treat

    This beautifully written debut novel is an absolute treat

    Evoking a fascinating bygone era, this beautifully written debut novel is an absolute treat.
    Set in parts in the Boer War and also at the time of the gold rush in Australia, this story of a troubled young English doctor unfolds like a film before your eyes.
    Dr. Hunston’s struggles against the Establishment, and against the pain of untimely loss, are made all the more poignant by being written in the first person. You are carried along with his journey in search of meaning to life that is greater than status or wealth. Highly recommended.
    T Walters – Amazon Paperback Review, 18 December, 2017.

    I strongly recommend this book

    I strongly recommend this book

    A truly incredible debut novel. Where has this author been hiding? I strongly recommend this book!
    Dr Sam Williams – Amazon Paperback Review, 20 November, 2017.

    A captivating story interwoven with a rich factual background

    A captivating story interwoven with a rich factual background

    I couldn’t put down this extraordinarily accomplished and spirited debut novel. The author has meticulously researched the historical context and locations to which he effortlessly transports the reader, evoking the privileged world of Oxford college life as vividly as he does the unsavoury underbelly of the Australian gold rush and its colourful characters, or the experiences of a soldier fighting enemy and disease in the Boer war. The relationship between the protagonist and his dearly-loved brother is particularly moving. I can’t wait to read more adventures of the refreshingly likeable Dr John Hunston.
    M Callender – Amazon Paperback Review, 03 January, 2018.

    Captivating read

    Captivating read

    I was given this book by a friend and knowing nothing of the goldrush in Australia decided to read it. I’m so glad I did.
    Against a beautifully harsh landscape, the characters in the novel draw you to a time and a place where life altering decisions are taken, friendships are formed and enemies made.
    Read it. You won’t be disappointed you did.
    Stephanie Smith – Amazon Paperback Review, 30 December, 2017.

  • Audio Sample

    The Sudden Metropolis

    – read by K K Poole.