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Richard Harland was born in the north of England in the middle of the coldest winter ever recorded. He moved to Australia on a university scholarship, fell in love with it and stayed. Richard loves writing fantasy and science fiction for adults and children, and has won five Aurealis awards for his novels, the Wolf Kingdom quartet and The Black Crusade, and for his short stories.
Richard says, ‘Worldshaker came from a dream in which I fell through a slot in the ground, down past endless floors of machinery, metal pipes and impossibly cramped living spaces. It took me fifteen years to develop all the details of the world inspired by that glimpse. By the time I finally sat down to write, the story was just busting to come out.’
This is a brilliant tale of revolution, of adventure that will hook readers from the very first page. With plot twists that you’re never expecting, wonderful characters that jump off the page and some rather weird and wonderful humour , this ‘steampunk’ adventure is set aboard the huge ship-city Worldshaker, where the elite live on the top decks while the 'Filthies' toil below, powering the massive engines. Col lives on the upper deck and he has been chosen as next Supreme Commander but when one of the ‘filthies’, a girl, a bit younger than him escapes and hides in his room Col is forced to make a shattering decision that will change the lives of everyone on board. His safe, elite world is about to fall apart.