Title: Landings
Authors: Pattrick, Jenny
Genre: Fiction: New Zealand
Pages: 316
Year: 2008
Language: English
Description: This is the story of the Whanganui River at the beginning of the 20th Century; a bustling thoroughfare and lifeblood to the diverse characters living on its banks. An accident involving one of the tourist boats sets into play events that have wider implications for the community. An easy to read novel providing insight into this period of New Zealand nation building. NZ Interest

Comments from Groups:

Everyone loved the story and have thoughts now about travelling down the Whanganui River. Ohope 005

A rollicking good story of its time, with well described characters and an interesting plotline. Christchurch 071

A delightful way to learn NZ history. Tauranga 022

Lots of discussion re cultural relations between Pakeha and Chinese and Maori and current state of play today. Palmerston North 029

'Landings' was a very popular book with us...All like Jenny Pattrick's style of writing and will be looking for more of her books in the library. Tauranga 005

A popular choice. Impressive research and evocation of the period and natural environment. Some issues with the actual plotline and possibly some caricatures of characters. Dunedin 029

Probably the book that members have enjoyed most so far. We all loved the way the history was interwoven with the story. We are already planning a group trip to the Whanganui River. Jenny Pattrick is a popular, 'easy to read' and compelling author. Te Horo 002

This book was of most interest to our readers interested in NZ history, or who were familiar with the area. Not the best of Jenny Pattrick's novels. Christchurch 357

We absolutely loved this book, as many of us have travelled in this area. We could picture the places the story is set in. It was lovely to read the connection between "Landings" and "Inheritance" - Bridie's baby is the half Chinese 'John O'Dowd' in "Inheritance". We loved the history of the Whanganui River. Otorohanga 003

This book started the most animated discussion of the year. Everyone was pleased they had read it. A little dark like all of Jenny Pattrick's books. Well researched, and a "don't want to put it down" book. Christchurch 294

A good book. Everyone enjoyed it and gave it 9/10. The descriptions of the area around the Whanganui River, made us wish we could have been there when the river was such an important and thriving highway. Masterton 013

Opinions were divided on this book - some were 'underwhelmed' by it. Others enjoyed the read, and it sparked an interest in visiting the Whanganui River and surrounding areas. Auckland 344

We all enjoyed this book. Some were able to share personal stories from the region. So nice to read a book set in NZ for a change. Recommended! Auckland 302

Categories: Fiction - New Zealand, Community, Historical, Relationships, What's Hot, Popular Book with Groups, Blind Foundation book


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By: WELL 012 2018-08-27 15:01:40
Unusually for us we all liked this book. It led to several discussions and reminiscences of the river and its history. Some members were unaware of the anti-Chinese discrimination or of tourism in this era.

By: LYTTEL 007 2018-08-27 14:58:27
We really enjoyed the book. None of us had read any of Jenny Pattrick's books before, although we were familiar with 'Denniston Rose', and are now quite likely to read more of her work.

By: WHANG 018 2018-08-27 14:55:31
We all loved this book!

By: NELS 068 2018-08-27 14:55:03
Enjoyed the historical setting and characters. Intrigued by story and glad it wasn't as bleak as 'Denniston Rose'.

By: TAUR 043 2018-08-27 14:52:37
Most of the group thoroughly enjoyed the book. We liked the format with the historical aspects at the beginning of each chapter. We found it well researched; it really took you back to that period of early NZ. It highlighted the discrimination against early Chinese settlers, the importance of the Whanganui river for transportation and communication. Highly recommended.

By: DUNED 012 2018-08-27 14:49:04
A mixed response to the book. Some did not finish; those who did enjoyed it, but would not rave about it. Thought the historic setting was well portrayed though.

By: CHCH 378 2018-08-23 17:17:47
We are keen to read more of Jenny Pattrick's book. Very interesting discussion about the area and made us all want to spend time travelling around the Whanganui river and we particularly loved the history of the river.

By: NAP 021 2018-08-09 14:57:34
Jenny Pattrick's books are popular with our group. Some members were not so keen on this particular book but anyone who had had anything to do with the Wanganui River area thoroughly enjoyed gathering even more knowledge of the area. Her characters are so "lifelike" and this book sparked some research on Google. We recommend this book.

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