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From the Ashes - Deborah Challinor

Paperback Published: 16th November 2018
ISBN: 9781460754122
Number Of Pages: 448

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A captivating story of family and friendship through one decade of incredible change

In 1950s Auckland things are changing - and fast. Women are joining the workforce in numbers, whitegoods are readily available and the age of rock'n' roll has arrived.

Allie Manaia works the Elizabeth Arden counter at Smith and Caughey's. It's been two years since the Dunbar and Jones fire, where some of her friends perished, but she still has nightmares.

Kathleen Lawson - rich, lonely and bored - is one of Allie's customers. Kathleen takes a shine to Allie, but when Kathleen discovers Allie's husband is Maori, her attitude changes. Is she trying to make friends or poison the relationship between Sonny and Allie?

Meanwhile, Sonny's beautiful younger sister, Polly, is embracing the more relaxed moral standards of the era, living a vibrant but wayward life as a waitress-model-goodtime girl while leaving her young daughter to be raised by her mother.

As each woman navigates the shifting social and cultural landscape of the 1950s, she is faced with new possibilities and decisions - with freedom comes joy, but also fear and, occasionally, mistakes.

Told in Deborah Challinor's trademark style - equal parts heart and humour - From the Ashes follows the fortunes of the women of three families through one decade of incredible change.

Praise for Deborah Challinor:

'Challinor is a good storyteller ... seamlessly joining fact and fiction and creating a convincing,

atmospheric yarn' Bookseller + Publisher

'the perfect blend of fact and fiction' New Zealand Herald

ISBN: 9781460754122
ISBN-10: 1460754123
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 16th November 2018
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.3  x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.55

Deborah Challinor


About the Author


Deborah Challinor is a writer and historian, and author of the bestselling Children Of War trilogy, as well as a string of bestselling historical novels, including Fire, Kitty, Union Belle, Amber and Isle Of Tears, and a number of nonfiction titles, including Grey Ghosts.

She lives in New South Wales with her husband.

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