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              Grey Ghosts
                 

              Grey Ghosts (Trade Paperback / Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)

              By Challinor, Deborah

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              We were known to the enemy as 'grey ghosts'. We could be here, and we could be there... The Grey Ghosts were New Zealand's Vietnam veterans. Their powerful story includes chilling accounts of death, injuries and emotional breakdown, along with the intense comradeship of soldierin...g, and a pervasive sense of humour that is uniquely our own. Acclaimed writer and historian Deborah Challinor interviewed 50 men who served in Vietnam, who speak out about 'fragging' (killing superior officers), the New Zealand Government's role in Agent Orange and chemical exposure, and their hostile reception when they returned. The result is compelling, reliving the Vietnam experience in vivid detail. First published in 1998, this updated edition includes new material on the subsequent handling of veteran's claims, and the reconciliation parade on Queen's Birthday weekend in 2008, when the men were finally welcomed home.
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              ISBN 9781869507718
              Published AU 1 Apr 2009
              Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
              Interest Age 14+ years
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              The Silk Thief
               

              The Silk Thief (Paperback)

              By Challinor, Deborah

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              1830s Sydney Town - with its bar brawls, blackmail, friendship, romance, tattoos, gin and much more - is brought vividly to life as fiesty prostitute Friday, naive seamstress Harrie and cunning thief Sarah try to make their way as transported convict women. Driven by madness ...s...aved by love. 'A door slammed shut somewhere inside Harrie, trapping all that she was and everything she'd ever been. The voices had won. She was damned. She was ...no one.' 1831: Assigned to a good family in Sydney Town and now learning the art of tattoo, convict girl Harrie Clarke is still haunted by the horror of the brutal murder she and friends Friday Woolfe and Sarah Morgan committed the previous year. Powerful and vindictive criminal Bella Jackson continues to demand money in exchange for her silence regarding their crime. And just when it seems that Harrie and her fervent and long-time admirer James Downey might finally be united, an act of pure nastiness severely threatens their chances - and Harrie's life. When things go from bad to much, much worse for Harrie, she is left teetering on the brink. But Friday, in love at last, is battling demons of her own, and Sarah is forced to lie low for fear of attracting the attention of the police. Who will be the one to rescue Harrie?
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              ISBN 9780732296780
              Published AU 24 Aug 2015
              Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series The Convict Girls
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              Girl of Shadows
               

              Girl of Shadows (Paperback)

              By Challinor, Deborah

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              What had they done? What had she and Sarah and Friday done? 1830: Convict girls Friday Woolfe, Harriet Clarke and Sarah Morgan have been transported to Sydney from London. Sarah has been assigned to jeweller Adam Green, Harriet is a maid for the Barrett family, and Friday is work...ing as a prostitute in a brothel. Each of them is struggling to forget the brutal crime they committed. But their fate is no longer theirs to control. Vicious underworld queen Bella Jackson holds the girls' futures in the palm of her hand, biding her time until she exacts payment for what she knows about their misdeeds. Harriet, racked with guilt, becomes convinced that their lost friend is haunting them, and while Friday succumbs to the bottle, Sarah has to fight for everything she holds dear. Once again, the girls must join forces to save one of their own. But which one? And in the background Bella Jackson waits and watches ...
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              ISBN 9780732293000
              Published AU 25 Aug 2014
              Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series The Convict Girls
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              The Jacaranda House (The Restless Years, #2)
               

              The Jacaranda House (The Restless Years, #2) (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Challinor, Deborah

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              • Pub Date
                20 Apr 20

              Bestselling author Deborah Challinor returns with a spellbinding novel about a woman living in Sydney's notorious King's Cross in 1964. Polly Manaia is living in Sydney's notorious Kings Cross, working as an exotic dancer. She's desperate to bring her young daughter to live with ...her, but beneath her brash confidence lie dark secrets which threaten to drag her under. Gina is excited to live with her mum again. She's mature for an eleven-year-old, but can this young girl cope with Polly's demons? Rhoda and Star, transgender performers and Polly's flatmates, bring stability to Polly and Gina's lives. Yet this unlikely little family will find themselves threatened in more ways than one. House of Sorrows is a fascinating portrayal of a shifting society and a beautiful portrait of motherhood and identity. 'Australia's answer to Philippa Gregory' Brisbane Times 'A meticulously researched and compellingly readable story injected with heart and humour, From the Ashes is perfect for fans of Fiona McIntosh and Kate Furnivall. A five-star read.' Better Reading
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              ISBN 9781460754146
              Published AU 20 Apr 2020
              Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series The Restless Years
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              My Australian Story: Vietnam

              My Australian Story: Vietnam (Paperback)

              By Challinor, Deborah

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              Here we are, fighting alongside the so-called mightiest nation on earth with all the firepower you could ask forjets, B52s, tanks, gunships, rockets, napalm, you name itand the VC are creeping around with a rifle each and we still can't beat the buggers! And it's getting worse, n...ot better. It's 1969. The sixties are still swinging, man is headed for the moon and surfing-mad Davey is out to win the inaugural Newcastle Under-14 Surf Championship. But when his older brother Tom is drafted to fight in the army, the far-away war in Vietnam creates waves very close to home.
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              ISBN 9781742769578
              Published AU 1 Mar 2019
              Publisher SCHOLASTIC AUSTRALIA PTY LTD
              Interest Age Children
              Series My Australian Story
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              From the Ashes
               

              From the Ashes (Paperback)

              By Challinor, Deborah

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              A captivating story of family and friendship through one decade of incredible change, from NZ's no.1 bestselling 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 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
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              ISBN 9781460754139
              Published AU 21 Oct 2019
              Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
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              The Cloud Leopard's Daughter
               

              The Cloud Leopard's Daughter (Paperback)

              By Challinor, Deborah

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              A story of love, family, adventure and intrigue, set against backdrops of the gold rushes in Australia and New Zealand and the Opium Wars in China. When Kitty and Rian Farrell sail their schooner Katipo III in Dunedin Harbour in 1863, they are on a mission. The goldfields have at...tracted all-comers, including their friend Wong Fu from Ballarat. Wong Fu reveals he is more than a mere fortune seeker: he is in fact the Cloud Leopard tong master of the Wong family, and his daughter has been kidnapped and taken to opium-ridden Hong Kong. Rian and Kitty agree to try to find the Cloud Leopard's daughter, but as they sail closer to their quarry, the stakes jump dramatically. Kitty's adopted daughter Amber is kidnapped when they are forced to stop at Manilla, and it looks like the same party is behind this crime. Kitty, Rian and their crew must not only search for two young women, they must navigate dangerous shoals of pirates, corrupt officials, greedy rulers, wronged lovers and petty grievances. Cloud Leopard's daughter continues the story of Kitty, Rian and Amber - now wiser and stronger - as they straddle both sides of the law against the backdrop of gold rushes in Australia and New Zealand and the Opium Wars in China. PRAISE FOR A TATTOOED HEART 'Brilliant finale to this series based on Australia's convict past' - Jan GoodReads '...one of those books that you want to read slowly so it doesn't end but can't help rushing through to find out what happens!' - Sarah Courtney, GoodReads 'Fantastic end to the convict girls series! Couldn't put it down!!!' - Catherine Maisey, GoodReads
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              ISBN 9781460753101
              Published AU 18 Sep 2017
              Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series Smuggler's Wife
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              From the Ashes
               

              From the Ashes (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Challinor, Deborah

              • RRP: $32.99
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              Auckland,1956. Allie Manaia works at Smith and Caughey's department store. It's been two years since the Dunbar and Jones fire, where some of her friends perished, but she still has nightmares. Allie and her husband, Sonny, are desperate for a baby, after losing a child, and Alli...e's distress at not conceiving again is compounded when those around her seem to have no trouble falling pregnant - even when they shouldn't. Allie's neighbours have recently moved to suburban Auckland. Ana, now a housewife, misses her work on the farm, but she has her hands full, looking after her increasingly forgetful father-in-law. Kathleen Lawson - rich, lonely and bored - is one of Allies' customers at the make-up counter. Kathleen takes a shine to Allie, but when she discovers Allie's husband is Maori, Kathleen's attitude changes. Is she trying to make friends or poison the relationship between Sonny and Allie? Sonny's beautiful younger sister, Polly, is living a vibrant but wayward life as a waitress-model-goodtime girl while leaving her young daughter to be raised by her mother. Then one day Polly disappears...
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              ISBN 9781460754122
              Published AU 29 Oct 2018
              Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
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              Behind the Sun
               

              Behind the Sun (Paperback)

              By Challinor, Deborah

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              Friday Woolfe, is in London's notorious Newgate gaol, awaiting transportation. There, she meets three other girls: intelligent and opportunistic thief, Sarah Morgan, naive young Rachel Winter, and reliable and capable seamstress, Harriet Clarke. On the voyage to New South Wales t...heir friendship becomes an unbreakable bond.
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              ISBN 9780732292980
              Published AU 25 Nov 2013
              Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series The Convict Girls
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              A Tattooed Heart

              A Tattooed Heart (Paperback)

              By Challinor, Deborah

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              ISBN 9780732296803
              Published AU 22 Aug 2016
              Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
              Interest Age General Audience
              Series The Convict Girls
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