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  • Published: 18 May 2012
  • ISBN: 9781869798444
  • Imprint: RHNZ Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $30.00

Catching the Current




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

A terrific historical novel full of compelling events, vivid communities and the irresistible character of Conrad Rasmussen. In this companion novel to the bestselling Denniston novels, the free spirit is pitted against the forces of tradition.

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 bestselling author 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.

  • Pub date: 18 May 2012
  • ISBN: 9781869798444
  • Imprint: RHNZ Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • RRP: $30.00

About the Author

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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Praise for Catching the Current

“"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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