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From the Ashes

(2018)
(The prequel to the Restless Years series)
A novel by

 
 
A captivating story of family and friendship through one decade of incredible change, from NZ's number one best-selling author.

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 humor - 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)

Genre: General Fiction

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Paperback Editions

October 2019 : Australia Paperback
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Title: From the Ashes
Author(s): Deborah Challinor
ISBN: 1-4607-5413-1 / 978-1-4607-5413-9 (Australia edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins - AU
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Audio Editions

January 2019 : Australia Audio CD
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Title: From the Ashes
Author(s): Deborah Challinor
ISBN: 1-4607-9940-2 / 978-1-4607-9940-6 (Australia edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins - AU
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November 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: From the Ashes
Author(s): Deborah Challinor
Publisher: HarperAudio
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November 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: From the Ashes
Author(s): Deborah Challinor
Publisher: HarperAudio
Availability: Amazon AU   


Kindle Editions

December 2018 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: From the Ashes (The Restless Years Book 1)
Author(s): Deborah Challinor
Publisher: HarperCollins
Availability: Amazon AU