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Out of the Ashes

The Mother's love that healed the scars of the Bali Bombings

(35 customer reviews)
Authors: Megan Norris
12/Sep/2022
True Story, Crime
428
Paperback
153mm x 230mm
9781922765741
$32.99

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SHORTLISTED 2023 NED KELLY AWARDS – BEST TRUE CRIME

‘The courage displayed by Therese Fox after the terrible injuries she suffered in the terrorist attack on Paddy’s Irish Bar in Bali is inspirational.  It is an heroic example of the best of the Australian spirit.  The unimaginable pain she endured over such a long period was driven by the love she had for her children and others.  It should humble us all.’ – Hon John Howard OM AC

Out of the Ashes is the inspirational story of an Australian mother’s journey back from hell after the 12 October 2002 Bali bombings. The deadly terrorist attacks on Paddy’s Irish Bar and the Sari Club in Kuta’s party precinct claimed the lives of 202 innocent people, and maimed and injured hundreds more.

The holiday of a lifetime turned into their worst nightmare for Australian nurses Bronwyn Cartwright and Therese Fox. Tragically, Bronwyn, 28, perished in the deadly bomb blast which ripped through Paddy’s Irish Bar. Therese survived, but suffered such horrific burns that doctors believed she would not survive a flight home to Australia.

This is the story of her fight to get home to her children, and her long road to recovery. Therese’s story is interwoven with the tales of others who were there, detailing the horrors of that night and the long journey of healing for all those involved – and their families.

Out of the Ashes is ultimately a story of hope, belief in the power of love, friendships forged in fire, and the extraordinary courage of a woman doctors nicknamed The Miracle of Bali.

Read Women’s Weekly Article – “Against all odds”

Read Geelong advertiser Article – “Hardest thing I’ve ever done”

Watch Stan series – Bali 2002

Shockwaves – The Bali Bombings – Channel 10

WATCH THERESE FOX’S INTERVIEW ON 60 MINUTES.

Megan Norris

Megan Norris

Megan Norris is a UK-trained journalist and award-winning author whose portfolio includes covering some of Australia’s most infamous crimes. Her first book, Perfect Victim, co-authored with author, Elizabeth Southall, is now a movie starring Sam Neill, Miranda Otto, and Guy Pearce. Her exploration of revenge killings during marital breakdown, Look What You Made Me Do, […]

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35 reviews for Out of the Ashes

  1. I hadnt heard Therese Foxs story before – her survival after the Bali bombings in 2002 is remarkable – so many sliding door moments – and so many incredible, brave ‘angel’s’ that ensured she was given the chance to live. Megan Norris has written a book that surrounds Therese’s stories with the background of events, the stories of other survivors and the people who where there by Therese’s side. Just a must read – can’t put down – tell everyone about it book.

  2. I watched this on 60minutes – Therese Fox story is just amazing – I watched all the extra minute interviews as well – but – I AM SO glad I picked up this book. It covers all the stuff that was happening plus you really get to see what happened. I can only imagine what all of the survivors and the assistance people went through. It makes your heart break – but – this lady is formidable. Well done to Megan Norris for capturing it so well. I’m gifting this book to everyone I know for birthdays, and, Christmas.

  3. Truly an amazing book once you start reading it you cant put it down and you need 2 boxes of tissues while you read,The pain and the suffering Therese went through and still experiences she is one hell of a Superhero to call her anything else would Belittle her, So get a book and you too will be amazed at this girls Strength and her will to go on for her Family

  4. This is an extraordinary true story of survival. Megan Norris has incredible skill in writing the stories of people who have experienced life-changing events and weaves in journalistic detail to give the full picture. Therese Fox is a miracle survivor of the Bali Bombings and her determination and recovery is incredible. You’ll shed tears when you read this book and also get a comprehensive understanding of the efforts of so many people to help those impacted by the shocking Bombings in 2002.

  5. A wonderful book that shares a remarkable journey of love, endurance, determination, heartache, friendship and miracles. Megan Norris beautifully crafts intertwined stories related to the fight for survival of Therese Fox, a young mother who was enjoying a lovely Bali holiday with her dear friend. Minutes after she walked into a bar in Bali a suicide bomber, changed her world and hundreds of others in a split second. With over 85% burns to her body, Therese Fox defied all odds. A book that will touch the hearts of so many and a story that needs to be shared.

  6. The way you captured Therese’s story in the book is mind blowing & a fascinating read.

  7. I’m reading the book now Megan Norris, ohh it would have been so hard to write this, such a devastating time for all involved. Thank you Therese for letting Megan write your story, you are such a brave, courageous woman. Take care.

  8. The courage displayed by Therese Fox after the terrible injuries she suffered in the terrorist attack on Paddy’s Irish Bar in Bali is inspirational. It is an heroic example of the best of the Australian spirit. The unimaginable pain she endured over such a long period was driven by the love she had for her children and others. It should humble us all.

  9. Just want to say that I’ve been meaning to congratulate you on your book, Out of the Ashes.
    I read it within a day, and I don’t know if you remember that I came back and bought several copies as Christmas presents for my family and friends.
    Your book made me feel as I was there in Bali, going through the pain and fear that all the victims and people looking for their loved ones went through.
    It was a very well documented, well written book.
    My friends and family all commented on the same thoughts as myself.
    You’re such a compassionate writer to your victims whom you write about. Working at home in a very busy environment, and also raising a teenage grandson, I’m so proud of you and I hope your next book is a huge success too.

  10. A wonderful book that shares a remarkable journey of love, endurance, determination, heartache, friendship and miracles. Megan Norris beautifully crafts intertwined stories related to the fight for survival of Therese Fox, a young mother who was enjoying a lovely Bali holiday with her dear friend. Minutes after she walked into a bar in Bali a suicide bomber, changed her world and hundreds of others in a split second. With over 85% burns to her body, Therese Fox defied all odds. A book that will touch the hearts of so many and a story that needs to be shared.

  11. What a powerful book that tells the amazing survival story of young Australian woman Therese Fox and the people responsible for saving her life in the Bali Bombings. Author Megan Norris is an experienced true crime journalist. She combines a plethora of well-researched historical facts with the human tragedy and emotions of the victims, and all involved. Her passion for Therese’s story is palpable on every page. Highly recommend.

  12. This was a window into an incredible personal journey. It was humbling, heartbreaking yet inspiring. Therese’s story helps you appreciate the kindness of strangers while reflecting on your own personal attributes. Having previously been an Aussie tourist in Bali, this allowed me to appreciate the events that unfolded during this time. The Victims, the Good Samaritans and the Aus Government; their stories of this monumental event need to be heard and this book provides them a voice. An emotional and inspirational read – Therese, thank you for sharing your remarkable journey.

  13. This book shows the incredible human spirit that emerges when put to the ultimate test. It also proves that there are angels that walk the earth.
    An amazing story that left me at times in tears for the sheer insanity of the reason behind the bombings and the heartache of the aftermath.
    My son and daughter were in Kuta, Bali during the 2005 bombing and I know the absolute heart stopping fear, until making contact with them during the night.

  14. This is an inspiring story of survival and resilience told beautifully by Megan Norris. Therese Fox is a courageous woman who demonstrates the incredible power of a mothers love and the true Australian spirit. A great read.

  15. An amazing book about the strength of the human spirit.

  16. t was a good read. Testimony to the strength and courage some people have to endure and ultimately triumph, due to the horrific circumstances they found themselves through.

  17. I really enjoyed this story. An incredible story of fate, resiliance and kindness. Cath and Rada were amazing. Incredible human beings.

  18. This is a very well written account of an amazing women’s tragic experience and her determination to overcome every obstacle thrown at her. Her love for family is a very powerful motivator. You will need a box of tissues hand when you read this.

  19. I watched Therese Fox on 60 Minutes, then I headed to the extra minutes, because I just wanted to learn more. What an incredible woman, so honest, and so many times, like sliding doors, that her life could have ended. Reading the book filled in all the gaps in the story, and I had a hard rain of tears when I think of her being left at the airport to die. I will read this book again – it gives me hope but reminds me of living each moment. Author Megan Norris does a great job of providing the background pre, during and post of the politics and brings in the other ‘angels’ and survivors. Well done.

  20. This was such a raw, honest and heartbreaking read, so well written. My heart bleeds for this young Mum who went through such unnecessary torture.
    All I can say is that she has my deepest deepest sympathy and I hope she continues to heal, thrive and enjoy her family.
    A well written story that tells us details so well.

  21. This is a story of great courage when many would have given up. Well written and well worth the read.

  22. An comprehensive story of a dark day in Australian history and the incredible survival of one a lady most thought would never make. The intense pain and suffering described is impossible to understand. The sacrifices of bystanders at high risk to themselves to save others is heart warming. A very well written book has your emotions on a roller coaster until the end when you are so satisfied to have learned so much of the human spirit. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

  23. Fantastic read, loved how the author makes you feel you know Therese, sad in places but a inspirational an the same time. So much I did not know about the Bali bomb Omg incredible research by the author

  24. An inspiring story about overcoming an horrific event.

  25. Amazing read! Amazing story and such a courages women.

  26. Amazing read, Amazing Woman! This story was fantastic, Therese , you really are a major inspiration, what you went through, and to come out the other side such a strong, amazing human is credit to you! Highly recommend this book, well written, and very informative!

  27. Such an inspirational read To read this story of Therese’s life events broke my heart and then filled my heart with such admiration. Megan has captured this horrendous experience and worded within this book as an honest reminder that people can survive adversity. This book made me laugh and cry and that out of such horrendous events, beautiful things happen. Thank you so much for penning this record of history

  28. Great Read. What a great book about an amazing lady who survived such a tragic time on what was to be a trip of alive time for two friends. An extremely brave and courageous woman who fought the biggest fight of her life for the love of her children. Just knowing this lady and hearing her story is a true inspiration.

  29. 100% A book I couldn’t put down. What an incredible woman.

  30. Highly recommend this book. This book is a must read! It’s very well written with factual information along with the emotional story of an inspirational woman’s journey and her amazing support team who started out as strangers but became close friends. At times it is difficult to read through the tears but one of those books that’s hard to put down. It gives you an inside look into what actually happened in Bali on that dreadful night.

  31. Great book I couldn’t put it down cried a few tears

    Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

  32. The most amazing book. This is the most amazing book I have ever read. It is fantastic and horrific at the same time. There is nothing a mother’s love can’t do. Very well written.

  33. I really enjoyed tis story. An incredible story of fate, resiliance and kindness. Cath and Rada were amazing. Incredible human beings

  34. Excellent read This is a very well written account of an amazing women’s tragic experience and her determination to overcome every obstacle thrown at her. Her love for family is a very powerful motivator. You will need a box of tissues hand when you read this

  35. I will read this book again – it gives me hope … I watched Therese Fox on 60 Minutes, then I headed to the extra minutes, because I just wanted to learn more. What an incredible woman, so honest, and so many times, like sliding doors, that her life could have ended. Reading the book filled in all the gaps in the story, and I had a hard rain of tears when I think of her being left at the airport to die. I will read this book again – it gives me hope but reminds me of living each moment. Author Megan Norris does a great job of providing the background pre, during and post of the politics and brings in the other ‘angels’ and survivors. Well done

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