Book #3 The Restless Years

The Jacaranda House

by Deborah Challinor

On Sale: 05/08/2020


About the Book

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.

The Jacaranda House 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

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781775541639
  • ISBN 10: 1775541630
  • Imprint: HarperCollins - AU
  • On Sale: 05/08/2020
  • Pages: 432
  • List Price: 32.99 AUD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / Historical


Deborah Challinor has a PhD in history and is the author of thirteen bestselling novels, including the Children of War series, the Convict Girls series, the Smuggler's Wife series and the Restless Years series. She has also written one young adult novel and two non-fiction books. In 2018, Deborah was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to literature and historical research. She lives in New Zealand with her husband.

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Other Works by Deborah Challinor

The Jacaranda House [Bolinda]

by Deborah Challinor

From the Ashes

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