Held to the Fire
Matthew Flagler, author
Monday, December 11, 1916. It is two weeks until Christmas. The First World War rages overseas. And in Peterborough, Ontario at around 10:!5 am, the Quaker Oats Factory explodes. Held To The Fire dissects the shocking event piece-by-piece. From the stories of those involved, to the drama between major players, and a community pulling together, Matthew Flagler weaves the story within the backdrop of the war, the people, and the economic forces operating at the time. Inspired by actual events, and told through the lives of those involved, Held To The Fire lays back the curtain of time to reveal an unforgettable story about loss and the resilience of the human spirit.