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One for the Master/Johnston, Doro/Paper/1862544085/S051-C2
When Helen Plathe sets out along the Barwon River path for her first day at Highlands woolen mill, she is following in the footsteps of her mother, her uncle and her grandfather. Inside Highlands' tall black gates, Helen is initiated into an extraordinary world and discovers its secret history.
Like a medieval castle, the bluestone tower of Highlands casts a long shadow over those who work there - the maverick Queenie Bisset, railing against a world of men who "liked neat ideas, and liked their women to be neat as well"; Helen's uncle, Lennie Pritchard, tragically thwarted in his bid to make a new life outside the mill; young Wally Sullivan, torn between his family and his struggle to keep the mill afloat; and the mysterious Miss Foot, silent witness to the decline of an industry that has ruled the lives of the people along the river from generation to generation.