Jenny Pattrick is a writer and former jeweller whose eight published novels, including The Denniston Rose, its sequel Heart of Coal, the Whanganui novel, Landings, and Inheritance, set in Samoa, have all been New Zealand number one best sellers. She has chaired the boards of many arts organisations, including the Arts Council of New Zealand. In 2009 she received the NZ Post Mansfield Fellowship. In 2011 she and husband, musician Laughton Pattrick, published the children’s book and CD of songs, The Very Important Godwit. Her latest novel, Heartland was released in 2014.