The Denniston Rose

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A number one bestseller, this favourite New Zealand novel captures a real 19th century community.

 
The Denniston Rose, Jenny Pattrick

A number one bestseller, this favourite New Zealand novel captures a real 19th century community.

The bleak coal-mining settlement of Denniston, isolated high on a plateau above New Zealand's West Coast, is a place that makes or breaks those who live there. At the time of this novel - the 1880s - the only way to reach the makeshift collection of huts, tents and saloons is to climb aboard an empty coal-wagon to be hauled 2000 feet up the terrifyingly steep Incline - the cable-haulage system that brings the coal down to the railway line. All sorts arrive here to work the mines and bring out the coal: ex-goldminers down on their luck; others running from the law, or from a woman, or worse. They work alongside recruited English miners, solid and skilled, who scorn these disorganised misfits and want them off the Hill.

Into this chaotic community come five-year-old Rose and her mother, riding up the Incline, at night, during a storm. No one knows what has driven them there, but most agree the mother must be desperate to choose Denniston; worse, to choose that drunkard Jimmy Cork as bedfellow. The mother has her reasons and her plans, which she tells no one. The indomitable Rose is left to fend for herself, struggling to secure a place in this tough and often aggressive community. The Denniston Rose is about isolation and survival. It is the story of a spirited child, who, in appalling conditions, remains a survivor.

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    $29.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9781869798420
    Published: 18/05/2012
    Imprint: RHNZ Black Swan
    Extent: 368 pages
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    ISBN: 9780000992765
    Published: 05/03/2004
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"Seldom could a New Zealander’s first novel have been so convincing as this historical tale from the Buller coal town of Denniston. Pattrick writes with the assuredness of a veteran. She creates an authentic stage for a cast of credible characters who interact in ways that always ring true. By saying something of value about a slice of colonial society, and offering insights on social and industrial history, Pattrick has raised what is, at one level, a simple story to a work of literary merit." - Mike Crean, The Press

"What a triumph this book is for the author, jenny Pattrick. . . . This book is a delight." - Mary Cee, Wairarapa Times-Age

"Rich in history and atmosphere, The Denniston Rose is a story that completely engrosses." - Sharon Chambers, The Star

"Jenny Pattrick has written a vivid and captivating story . . . . This is a romping good yarn that’s bustling with big characters . . ." - Nicola Salmond, The Dominion Post

"Jenny Pattrick’s excellent first novel . . . A sequel is promised, and it is a testimony to this book’s power that the prospect is one to savour." - John McCrystal, North and South

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Jenny Pattrick

Jenny Pattrick

Jenny Pattrick is an acclaimed historical novelist, whose The Denniston Rose, and its sequel Heart of Coal, are among New Zealand's biggest-selling novels. They have also been republished in an illustrated edition. The former teacher and jeweller's works include the Whanganui novel Landings, and Inheritance, set in Samoa, which, along with all her adult titles, have been number one bestsellers in New Zealand. Other titles include Catching the Current (2005), In Touch with Grace (2006), and Skylark (2012). In 2009 she received the New Zealand Post Mansfield Fellowship. She has been active in the arts community, and has also written stories, songs and shows for children.

Identified by Nicky Pellegrino as ‘one of this country's most talented storytellers', it has been said that she creates ‘an authentic stage for a cast of characters who interact in ways that always ring true' (The Christchurch Press). Reviewing Landings, Graham Beattie concluded: ‘It is not surprising that she is one of NZ's most popular contemporary novelists and this fine piece of historical fiction will further enhance that well-deserved reputation.'

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