It is about two families in two different times: in 1931 during the Depression and in 1981 during that time of economic downturn. The thing that connects them is the house itself, an old Newtown terrace. The story is gritty and realistic, and newspaper accounts of the day are woven into the tale.
It's 1981 and Evie is sixteen. She has left school but can't find work, and her family has just moved into the run-down inner Sydney suburb of Newtown. Noel lives in the adjoining terrace house. He's fifteen, not taking school seriously and fed up with looking after his ancient bed-ridden grandmother. As a friendship grows between Evie and Noel, the past is set back in motion, and the events of the 1930s Depression era begin to play out in the high-unemployment times of the early 1980s, and the house again is the centre of the Sydney anti-eviction campaign of 1931. Based on historical fact, meticulously researched, The House That Was Eureka is a critically acclaimed novel about a history we all share.