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

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.

Reviews

It becomes a page-turner, with a good deal of solid substance to it as well.

Nina Valentine, Ballarat Courier

She knows how a good story works: a bit of staginess; the right blend of light and shade, some tragedy and humour. As Con the Brake says, 'every good story must have the taste in the mouth', and Pattrick provides it. . . we also know we're in good hands and the story will deliver on what it promise. it provides romance, tragedy and magic in equal measure.

Liam Davison, Weekend Australian

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781869798420

    May 18, 2012

    RHNZ Black Swan

    368 pages

    RRP $30.00

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  • Paperback

    9780000992765

    March 5, 2004

    RHNZ Black Swan

    RRP $727.65

    Online retailers

    • Fishpond
    • Mighty Ape
    • Paper Plus
    • The Warehouse
    • Whitcoulls
    • The Nile
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at www.booksellers.co.nz/directory

  • EBook

    9781869793753

    May 1, 2010

    Random House New Zealand

    367 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks NZ
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Google Play
    • Kobo
    • Booktopia NZ

Also by Jenny Pattrick

Leap of Faith
Inheritance
Heartland
Skylark
Heart of Coal
Catching the Current
Landings
In Touch With Grace

Recommendations

Voyager
The Handmaid's Tale
To Kill A Mockingbird
Midnight's Children
Tiger Men
A Gentleman in Moscow
Echo Burning
Atonement
The Girl on the Train
The Heart's Invisible Furies
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Memoirs Of A Geisha
Swing Time
The Bear and The Nightingale
The French Perfumer
Breath
Ready Player One
A Long Way from Home
The Light Between Oceans