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No Simple Passage: The Journey Of The London To New Zealand, 1842
No Simple Passage tells the story of the passengers on board the London, 1842, undertaking a four-month journey from London to Port Nicholson at the end of which they will begin the process of becoming New Zealanders. The author imagines herself on board and records ship life using the journals of the ship's surgeon and a cabin passenger.
Paperback, 351 pages
Published September 15th 2011 by Random House
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This book is very close to my heart as my great grandparents were on board with their children sailing from their home in England to their new life in New Zealand. The ship the London made more than one crossing bringing those in search of a new start. The stories follow the day to day activities on the ship showing the differences in social class, something these newcomers tried to avoid in the new country they were building. The book weaves in and out covering a multitude of topics and what th ...more
Jenny Robin Jones is a writer of many years standing with numerous short stories and articles published and broadcast. In addition to Not For Ourselves Alone: Belonging in an age of loneliness (Saddleback, 2018), she has written two history books: Writers in Residence: a journey with pioneer New Zealand writers (Auckland University Press, 2004) and No Simple Passage: the journey of the London to N ...more