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Fire / Deborah Challinor.

By: Challinor, Deborah [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Auckland, N.Z. : HarperCollins, 2007Description: 320 p. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9781775541035; 9781869506001; 1869506006.Subject(s): Female friendship -- Fiction | Retail trade -- Employees -- Fiction | Department stores -- Fires and fire prevention -- Fiction | Nineteen fifties -- Fiction | Fires -- New Zealand -- FictionGenre/Form: New Zealand fiction -- 21st century.DDC classification: NZ823.3 Subject: An historical romance based on the Ballantynes Department Store Fire in 1947 that killed forty-one people, most of them store employees trapped in controversial circumstances. Set in an unnamed New Zealand city in 1953, Fire tells the story of four working class friends, all employed at Dunbar & Jones, one of the country{u2019}s most glamorous and sophisticated department stores. The girls are Allie, a salesgirl in the dress department, Louise who works in lingerie, Irene, a typist in Accounts and Daisy, a milliner in the workroom out the back. The story takes place a week before Christmas, in the period leading up to Christmas as the country prepares for a Royal Visit by the young Queen Elizabeth. When the store is full of wealthy shoppers smoke is discovered drifting from the basement lift shaft. While the fire brigade is called, the store owners make a crucial error and decide not to raise a public alarm until it{u2019}s too late - exits are cut off by the fire and the ground and first floors are ablaze, trapping staff and customers on the upper floors.
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Set in an unnamed NZ city in 1953, Fire tells the story of four working class friends, all employed at Dawsons, one of the country's most glamorous and sophisticated department stores. An historical romance based on the Ballantynes Department Store Fire in 1947 that killed 41 people, most of them store employees trapped in controversial circumstances. Set in an unnamed NZ city in 1953, Fire tells the story of four working class friends, all employed at Dawsons, one of the country's most glamorous and sophisticated department stores. The girls are Nancy, a salesgirl in the dress department, Kay who works in lingerie, Louise, a typist in Accounts and Judy, a milliner in the workroom out the back. The story takes place a week before Christmas, in the period leading up to Christmas as the country prepares for a Royal Visit by the young Queen Elizabeth. When the store is full of wealthy shoppers smoke is discovered drifting from the basement lift shaft. While the fire brigade is called, the store owners make a crucial error and decide not to raise a public alarm until it's too late - exits are cut off by the fire and the ground and first floors are ablaze, trapping staff and customers on the upper floors. A powerful and dramatic story from one of our best-selling novelists.

"A spellbinding tale of friendship and loss from the author of Tamar and Kitty"--Cover.

An historical romance based on the Ballantynes Department Store Fire in 1947 that killed forty-one people, most of them store employees trapped in controversial circumstances. Set in an unnamed New Zealand city in 1953, Fire tells the story of four working class friends, all employed at Dunbar & Jones, one of the country{u2019}s most glamorous and sophisticated department stores. The girls are Allie, a salesgirl in the dress department, Louise who works in lingerie, Irene, a typist in Accounts and Daisy, a milliner in the workroom out the back. The story takes place a week before Christmas, in the period leading up to Christmas as the country prepares for a Royal Visit by the young Queen Elizabeth. When the store is full of wealthy shoppers smoke is discovered drifting from the basement lift shaft. While the fire brigade is called, the store owners make a crucial error and decide not to raise a public alarm until it{u2019}s too late - exits are cut off by the fire and the ground and first floors are ablaze, trapping staff and customers on the upper floors.

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