Jerningham

Date: Tuesday 24 November 2020, 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Cost: Free. Koha from non-members appreciated
Contact details: turnbullfriends@gmail.com

Cristina Sanders debut novel Jerningham tells the story of Wellington’s colonial beginnings and of a charismatic young man’s rise and inevitable fall.

Wakefield family wild-child

Edward Jerningham Wakefield was the wild-child of the Wakefield family who set up the New Zealand Company to bring the first settlers to this country. His story is told through the eyes of bookkeeper Arthur Lugg, who is tasked by Colonel William Wakefield to keep tabs on his brilliant but unstable nephew. But trouble brews between settlers, government, missionaries and Māori over land and souls and rights, and Jerningham is at the heart of it.

Alive with historical detail, Jerningham tells a vivid and important story of Wellington’s colonial beginnings and of a charismatic young man’s rise and inevitable fall.

Cristina Sanders’ debut novel Jerningham was published by The Cuba Press in June 2020.

About the speaker

Cristina Sanders is an historical fiction writer from Wellington, now living in Hawke's Bay. She has a book review blog and writes about history, travel and running.

Cristina Sanders blog

She began her career in the book trade in the Gateway Children's Bookshop and some years with Collins Publishers in NZ, Hodder & Stoughton in London and back to Booksellers New Zealand, followed by a business career.

In 2018 she completed the Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing at Whitireia.
In 2020 she won the Storylines Tessa Duder award for an unpulished YA manuscript, with a novel about an immigrant family in the 1870s.

Information from NZ Society of Authors website

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Man in formal attire with a birds head, looking over a harbour with boats on it, Māori on the shore recling and talking around a British ensign on a flagpole. Cover of Jerningham by Cristina Sanders (Cuba Press, 2020)