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From the Ashes
Released the same day as the standard print edition
From the Ashes
Written by:
Deborah Challinor 
Read by:
Rachel King 
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
13 hours 9 minutes 
November 19 2018 
Available Date:
November 19 2018 
Age Category:
Fiction; Contemporary Fiction; Sagas 
Bolinda/HarperCollins audio 
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AUD$ 14.95
AUD$ 14.95

Bestselling author

The first in a moving new trilogy that follows the fortunes of the women of three families through the rapidly changing social and cultural landscape of the 1950s and 1960s.

In 1950s Auckland things are changing – and fast. Women are joining the workforce in numbers, white goods are readily available and the age of rock ’n’ roll has arrived. Allie Manaia works the Elizabeth Arden counter at Smith and Caugheys. 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 she 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.

'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.'
The New Zealand Herald