The Claim

David Briggs


Jul 11, 2019


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'David Briggs is a master tailor of a writer who takes the strands of love, life, disappointment, fear and hope and – using invisible thread – sews together a beautifully written and gripping novel. A rare talent indeed' Mark Thompson, author of Dust

Evan Cadwallader comes across the almost dead body of a young woman while panning for gold at his inherited claim in the foothills of New Zealand’s southern Alps.

He carries her back to his cottage and as he nurses her back to health, gradually pieces together the story of her life. Evan is torn between his growing feelings for Addie and the pull of his claim, but as the gold begins to flow, they draw ever closer to each other and for a few glorious weeks they thrive. But, like the weather, all must break and what started out blissfully, soon turns sinister.

Set during one claustrophobic summer, against a remote and beautiful backdrop, this is a novel about love, loss and companionship that will shimmer under the surface of your thoughts for months to come.

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About the author

David Briggs

David Briggs is a British-born geographer, environmental scientist, writer and poet. Following a career in academia in England, he moved to New Zealand in 2009. He now lives in Mapua, near Nelson, where he devotes himself to creative writing, in the company of his wife and their two dogs. He is a published author of fiction, poetry and academic work.

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