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A terrific novel full of compelling events, vivid communities and the irresistible character of Conrad Rasmussen.

On the run from an unfortunate 'indiscretion', young Conrad Rasmussen finds refuge in the North Island of New Zealand under the employ of the famous (or notorious) Dane, Bishop Monrad. However Conrad - a talented and impetuous Faroeman, known in Jenny Pattrick's Denniston novels as Con the Brake - finds he cannot escape his past. This is Conrad's story, and that of the unusual woman Anahuia. It is a tale of new lands and old songs, of seafaring and war and the search for love. It is also the story of the Faroe Islands and of Denmark's early connection with New Zealand. In Catching the Current the free spirit is pitted against the forces of tradition.


"stylish, flavourful""a love story of epic proportions"

Margie Thomson, Herald on Sunday

"sexy, exciting, historically accurate, emotionally involving"

Iain Sharp, Sunday Star Times

"Pattrick is such an accomplished researcher and story-teller" "[she writes] like an angel" "her work has an almost audible rhythm. Words fall like rain on a roof" "beautiful"

Hedley Mortlock, Weekend Herald [Canvas]

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    May 18, 2012

    RHNZ Black Swan

    400 pages

    RRP $30.00

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  • EBook


    May 1, 2012

    RHNZ Adult ebooks

    400 pages

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Also by Jenny Pattrick

Leap of Faith
In Touch With Grace
Heart of Coal
The Denniston Rose


The Handmaid's Tale
To Kill A Mockingbird
Beauty in Thorns
The 7th Function of Language
The Award
Echo Burning
A Gentleman in Moscow
Best Laid Plans
Fool Me Once
The Golden House
The Girl on the Train
The Heart's Invisible Furies
Swing Time
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Life After Life
The Girls
Cold Blood
Fifty Shades Darker