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The Denniston Rose

By Jenny Pattrick

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Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Other Information: Illustrations
Published In: New Zealand, 04 March 2003
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.

About the Author

Jenny Pattrick is a writer and former jeweller whose six published novels, including The Denniston Rose, its sequel Heart of Coal, the Whanganui novel Landings, and Inheritance, set in Samoa, have all been number one bestsellers in New Zealand. In 2009 she received the New Zealnd Post Mansfield Fellowship. In 2011 she and husband, musician Laughton Pattrick, published the children's book and CD of songs, The Very Important Godwit.

EAN: 9781869415617
ISBN: 1869415612
Publisher: Black Swan NZ
Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 3 centimetres (0.24 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Jenny on
I thoroughly enjoyed this book for the interesting local history as well as being a jolly good read with interesting and mostly believable characters considering the times social setting. Rose? No she wasn't very nice but with a mother like that who is surprised! I think I read a follow on book but the title escapes me. This was definitely the best in the series and well worth the read.
Mairi on
This was a great read, full of cultural origins about people and the effect of their race, creed and status, how it transponds to make others in that community take a good look at themselves, in many cases discovering that they too are as biased as everyone else in some sort of way. The courage and diversity of the lovely although determined Rose was an inspiration to me.
Laura on
Jenny Pattrick established has established herself as a fine New Zealand Author and with The Denniston Rose she cements this reputation irrevokeably. The skill with which the relationships within this is unmatchable in any modern novel. I absolutely loved this book and know that you will too. Genuinely one of the better books I have read.
shannon on
The cover lookes boring but as they say never judge a book by its cover
This is an amazing story true to new zealand its a great story and once you've read the first one you'll want to read the other two books out.
its one of those stories that you either love or hate
i loved it
Tanzin on
I have to say that i judge the quality of the book by the cover! When i first saw this , i thought it would be a horrible and utterly boring story however a friend of mine forced me to buy it and i'm so glad she did. It truly is a wonderful story that anyone would love! Grab it- it's a great read
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Claire on
Very much labelled as 'good' because it is a New Zealand book. I regret that we have to scrape around for talet, leading to this book being hailed by most. Although a good concept, and descriptive, the writing was clunky and unable to produce a good flow. The storyline was improbable and the main character annoying.

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