Author(s): Jenny Robin Jones
Many of our forebears emigrated to New Zealand with little more than the dream of a better life. No Simple Passage tells the story of the passengers on board the London in 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. Keeping company with her ancestor Rebecca Remington, author Jenny Robin Jones imagines herself on board and records life at sea on the London using the journals of the ship's surgeon and a cabin passenger. We meet the emigrants, discover the lives they left behind, their expectations for the future, their relationships, their living conditions, as well as who got sick, who was born, and who died. No Simple Passage also looks forward twenty years, revealing the fortunes of the passengers during the difficult years of early European settlement, those who survived and flourished and those who foundered. It describes Wellington as the emigrants will find it and the historical events they will soon find themselves caught up in. This is narrative non-fiction history at its most intimate and immediate.
A self-described feral historian, Jenny Robin Jones is the author of Writers in Residence: a Journey with Pioneer New Zealand Writers and has written short stories, travel articles, author biographies and children's non-fiction. In 2008 she began writing full time. She has had a long involvement with the New Zealand Society of Authors, serving as executive director. She has also been board director for Copyright Licensing Limited, as well as having being the chair of the selection panel for the annual CLL awards for the past eight years.