In the heady days of the Victorian gold rush, Simon Kozminsky established a jewellery house that would gain world renown. But behind the glittering facade of wealth and glamour lay a darker, sadder story: a mysterious family rift. In an extraordinary coincidence, the cause of this life-long estrangement was painted by Australia's pre-eminent artist of the time, Frederick McCubbin. The portrait depicts the young Irish woman, Eileen Watkins, who unwittingly drove a wedge between father and son.
A Break in the Chain is a brilliant imagining of three generations of real-life Kozminskys. Tangea Tansley brings alive Melbourne of the past in a tantalising tale of fortune and faith, love and betrayal.
Tangea Tansley was born in Zimbabwe and moved to Australia as a teenager. She lives in Western Australia and holds a PhD in comparative literature from Murdoch University. A Break in the Chain is her first novel.
A Break in the Chain: The Early Kozminskys
Author: Tangea Tansley