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Leap of Faith

Leap of Faith

"Billy is a young, impressionable dreamer. In 1907, he strikes off on his own, keen to prove himself an able worker on the new railroad. Its being cut through steep mountain sides and across deep gullies to join the two ends of the Main Trunk Line. Also drawn to the remote worker... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780143770916
Barcode 9780143770916
Published 3 April 2017 by Random House
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Pattrick, Jenny

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ISBN-13 9780143770916
ISBN-10 0143770918
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 7-15 working days
Publisher Random House
Imprint Black Swan NZ
Publication Date 3 April 2017
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Pattrick, Jenny
Category Historical Fiction
AU, NZ & South Pacific Books
New Zealand & Related
Auckland Writer’s Festival 2017
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Historical & Mythological Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Number of Pages 352
Dimensions Width: 154mm
Height: 233mm
Spine: 30mm
Weight 468g
Dewey Code 823.2
Catalogue Code 717285

Description of this Book

A vivid story of ingenuity and hard slog, crooks and dreamers, bootleggers and love. In the early 1900s, the race was on to complete the railroad being cut through steep mountainsides and across deep gullies to join the two ends of the Main Trunk Line. Regardless of the impassable landscape and risky heights, the engineers, chainmen, plate-layers, navvies and draught horses had to work on through horrendous weather to meet the impossible deadline. Drawn to the remote but growing settlements of the workers' tents, boarding and cookhouses came miners from Denniston, young men fresh off the boat, sly-groggers, temperance campaigners, local Maori, preachers and a varied assortment of people after a new life or a quick buck. It would take more than a leap of faith to bind this disparate group into an efficient workforce ...

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Author's Bio

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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