The Amulet by Ann Bennett #NewRelease

I was thrilled to hear that one of my favourite authors has written another novel set in the East. A heart-breaking novel of love and loss set in WW2 Singapore My Review This time-slip novel, set in Singapore, moves between the experiences of Lara in 2000 and those of her Malay grandmother, Suria, during theContinue reading “The Amulet by Ann Bennett #NewRelease”

The Long Journey Home by Wendy Robertson #BookReview

The arrival of the Japanese army in 1942 marked the end of colonial life in Singapore.  The pre-war round of parties, games of tennis and servants, disappeared overnight as the British women and children attempted to escape by ship, while their menfolk were unable to defend the island and were quickly imprisoned in Changi jail. Continue reading “The Long Journey Home by Wendy Robertson #BookReview”

Island in the East by Jenny Ashcroft #FridayReads #BookReview

This is a book of two stories 44 years apart, both telling of romance and tragedy on the island of Singapore.  In 1941, Ivy Harcourt, a brave young servicewoman, arriving in Singapore a year before the Japanese invasion, meets Kit, the love of her life, but she discovers that her grandmother Mae has been keepingContinue reading “Island in the East by Jenny Ashcroft #FridayReads #BookReview”

Bamboo Heart by Ann Bennett #BookReview

Bamboo Heart has been waiting on my Kindle for a little while. I loved Bamboo Island and I found Bamboo Road really moving but I was worried that this, the first book of the Bamboo Trilogy might be very upsetting. Indeed, the Prologue takes us straight to a Japanese Prisoner of War Camp in 1943,Continue reading “Bamboo Heart by Ann Bennett #BookReview”