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A Town Like Alice : Vintage Classics - Nevil Shute

A Town Like Alice

Vintage Classics

By: Nevil Shute, Eric Lomax (Introduction by)

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Published: December 2009
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WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY ERIC LOMAX

Jean Paget is just twenty years old and working in Malaya when the Japanese invasion begins. When she is captured she joins a group of other European women and children whom the Japanese force to march for miles through the jungle – an experience that leads to the deaths of many. Due to her courageous spirit and ability to speak Malay, Jean takes on the role of leader of the sorry gaggle of prisoners and many end up owing their lives to her indomitable spirit. While on the march, the group run into some Australian prisoners, one of whom, Joe Harman, helps them steal some food, and is horrifically punished by the Japanese as a result. After the war, Jean tracks Joe down in Australia and together they begin to dream of surmounting the past and transforming his one-horse outback town into a thriving community like Alice Springs…

About the Author

Nevil Shute Norway was born on 17 January 1899 in Ealing, London.After attending the Dragon School and Shrewsbury School, he studied Engineering Science at Balliol College, Oxford. He worked as an aeronautical engineer and published his first novel, Marazan, in 1926. In 1931 he married Frances Mary Heaton and they went on to have two daughters. During the Second World War he joined the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve where he worked on developing secret weapons. After the war he continued to write and settled in Australia where he lived until his death on 12 January 1960. His most celebrated novels include Pied Piper (1942), No Highway (1948), A Town Like Alice (1950) and On the Beach (1957).

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4.0

Excellent book that was difficult to put down!

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Comments about A Town Like Alice:

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and would definitely read it again. The content was very interesting and exposed me to a time I wasn't familiar with. So good it requires multiple readings, as I pick up new things each time I read it.

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Great Way of Conjuring Up Times Past

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    This book was recommended to me by a friend as one of her favourites and it did not disappoint. Had me enthralled through every page.

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    4.0

    A really good read

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      5.0

      This book is better than the film.

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        This book was easy to read and contained a good story line. Although I knew the story and the ending I still enjoyed it very much.

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        "This direct, simply told story is about honest, dogged virtues, at least as redolent of its era as street parties or 'We'll Meet Again'" The Times "A Town like Alice is the most romantic book I've ever read...Jean's determination to survive is inspirational, and the love she finds later is beautiful" -- Catherine Tate Mail on Sunday "A ripping tale of budding romance and grace under pressure" The Times "A heart-rending tale of torture, human fortitude and forbearance, inhumanity and hardship" Sunday Times "That supreme storyteller, Nevil Shute...I could hardly bear to put the book down. I read it voraciously for days" -- May Lovell The Times

        ISBN: 9780099530268
        ISBN-10: 0099530260
        Audience: General
        Format: Paperback
        Language: English
        Number Of Pages: 368
        Published: December 2009
        Country of Publication: GB
        Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.1  x 2.3
        Weight (kg): 0.26
        Edition Number: 1