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Vivid and evocative, this is a moving novel of a unique time and place from one of New Zealand's favourite authors.

Vivid and evocative, this is a moving novel of a unique time and place from one of New Zealand's favourite authors.

The Whanganui River at the turn of the twentieth century is a busy thoroughfare, taking sightseers through the spectacular landscape by paddle steamer and acting as highway for the sparse scatterings of settlements along its twisting length. The people who have made it their home are a diverse collection, from Samuel Blencoe, trying to forget his past life as a convict, to the hoteliers at Pipiriki, the nuns at Jerusalem, the Maori families, the Chinese market gardener and the farmers, like Danny and Stella, trying to tame the wild bush. There's also Bridie, the strange, silent girl, who haunts the banks of the river where the accident occurred that robbed her of her mind. Like the tributaries that trickle down the mountains and join the mighty river, so the lives of these people come together in this vivid and moving tale of a stunningly unique place.


"another unforgettable novel" "her tale is a moving one that will linger on long after the book is finished...It is one of those books you want to pass on for others to enjoy" "the author [is] doing for the Wanganui district what she has already done for the South Island's West Coast"

Gisborne Herald

"[a] gripping turn-of-the-century Kiwi yarn" "well-researched and evocative...Pattrick can be proud of Landings"

Jan Treliving-Brown, Taranaki Daily News

"Landings is a powerful yarn set in an extraordinary time and place"

Mary McCallum, New Zealand Listener

"After reading Denniston Rose many people must have visited Denniston. It wouldn't surprise me if this book brings visitors flocking to cruise the Whanganui"

Elizabeth Winter, Saturday Express

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    May 18, 2012

    RHNZ Black Swan

    320 pages

    RRP $30.00

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  • EBook


    August 26, 2011

    RHNZ Adult ebooks

    316 pages

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Also by Jenny Pattrick

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


The Narrow Road to the Deep North
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
Life After Life
The Girls
Cold Blood
Fifty Shades Darker