Storylines YA Award Winning Book Finds its Home

Displaced is an enthralling historical novel of immigration, courage and first love from award-winning New Zealand author, Cristina Sanders.

Eloise and her family must leave Cornwall on a treacherous sea journey to start a new life in 1870s colonial New Zealand.

On the ship across, Eloise meets Lars, a Norwegian labourer travelling below decks, and their lives begin to intertwine.

When her brother disappears, her father leaves and the family are left to fend for themselves in their new home, Eloise must find the strength to stand up for what she believes in and the people she loves.

Displaced is a gripping historical novel that reveals Scandinavian and Cornish history of Hawkes Bay and the Manawatu regions of New Zealand, based on the author’s personal family history. It won the 2020 Storylines Tessa Duder Award for an unpublished YA manuscript by a New Zealand writer.

Cristina Sanders is an historical fiction writer from Wellington, now living in Hawke’s Bay. She began her career in the book trade in her parents’ children’s bookshop and spent some years with Collins Publishers in NZ, Hodder & Stoughton in London and back home to Booksellers New Zealand.

In 2018 she completed the Graduate Diploma in Creative Writing at Whitireia. She works with a forest regeneration project and spends her downtime up the mast of the Spirit of New Zealand.