Gardens of Fire

A novel about a murderous fire in a department store. The book is closely based on historical research and looks at the very ordinary lives of very conventional shop workers and customers, yet lifts those lives into tragedy and mystery. Gardens of Fire has aroused more controversy than almost any other work written by Stevan Eldred-Grigg.


David Eggleton: 'The book chronicles the primal fear, the panic, the collective shock ... the sense of a minor apocalypse; the book becomes the obituary of an era.'

Jane Westaway: 'inflated and contrived ... unpleasantly sexual.'

Joanna Murray-Smith: 'an involving, sad story with a fine feel for a provincial city.'

Penguin (NZ), Auckland 1993
ISBN 0 140 23256 7