Jenny Pattrick

ANZL Member

Wellington writer Jenny Pattrick, is an acclaimed historical novelist. She has published eight novels to date, The Denniston Rose (2003) and its sequel, Heart of Coal (2004), are among New Zealand’s biggest-selling novels and have been republished in illustrated editions. Jenny has also written fiction and commentary for radio, and with her musician husband, musical shows for children which are performed throughout New Zealand and abroad. Carole Beu from the Women’s Bookshop, Auckland wrote in the NZ Listener: ‘Jenny Pattrick is in a category of her own: she is a fine writer but also popular’.

A celebrated story-teller, all of Jenny’s adult titles have been number one bestsellers in New Zealand. Her works include Landings (Penguin, 2012), and Inheritance (Penguin, 2010), (both number one bestsellers), as well as Heartland (2014), Skylark (2012), In Touch with Grace (2006), and Catching the Current (2005).

A former jeweller and teacher, Jenny is an active member of New Zealand’s arts community. She has been President of the Crafts Council of New Zealand, chaired the Arts Council of New Zealand, the Boards of Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School, the New Zealand School of Dance, and the New Zealand Festival of the Arts Writers and Readers Committee. Until recently, she served on the board of the New Zealand Book Council.

Jenny has been awarded the OBE for services to the arts and is featured in the Wellington Girls’ College Hall of Fame. In 2009, she was awarded the prestigious New Zealand Post Katherine Mansfield Prize. She is currently working on a new historical novel set in New Zealand at the time of the completion of the Main Trunk Line (1907-09). This will have a researched railway background, with fictional characters.



Jenny Pattrick’s website

New Zealand Book Council profile page

Penguin Random House Books author page

100% Pure NZ Denniston Literary trail

Denniston Experience website



'Novels stand outside time, with their narrative structure of beginning, middle and end. They outlast politics, which are by nature ephemeral, swift and changeable and can quickly become invisible, detectable only to the skilled eye. ' - Fiona Farrell

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