5 August, 1944:
Over 1000 Japanese soldiers break out of the No.12 Prisoner of War compound on the fringes of Cowra. In the carnage, hundreds are killed, many are recaptured, and some take their own lives rather than suffer the humiliation of ongoing defeat.
But one soldier, Hiroshi, manages to escape.
At nearby Erambie Station, an Aboriginal mission, Banjo Williams, father of five and proud man of his community, discovers Hiroshi, distraught and on the run. In opposition to most of the townsfolk who dislike and distrust the Japanese, the people of Erambie choose compassion and decide to offer Hiroshi refuge. Mary, Banjo’s daughter, is intrigued by the softly spoken stranger, and charged with his care.
For the community, life at Erambie is one of restriction and exclusion – living under Acts of Protection and Assimilation, and always under the ruthless eye of the mission Manager. On top of wartime hardships, families live without basic rights.
Love blossoms between Mary and Hiroshi, and they each dream of a future together. But how long can Hiroshi be hidden safely and their bond kept a secret?.
A story about a love that transcends all boundaries, from one of Australia’s best loved authors
About the Author
Dr. Anita Heiss is the author of nonfiction, historical fiction, commercial women's fiction, poetry, social commentary, and travel articles. She is a regular guest at writers' festivals and travels internationally performing her work and lecturing on Indigenous literature. She is an Indigenous Literacy Day Ambassador and a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation of central NSW. Anita is a board member of the National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy, a Patron of the Alliance of Girls' Schools of Australia and an Advocate for the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence.She is an Adjunct Professor with Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, UTS and currently divides her time between writing, public speaking, emceeing, and as a workshop facilitator.
Anita was a finalist in the 2013 Australian of the Year Awards and in the 2012 Human Rights Awards. She has recently been listed in the Top 20 Women Shaking things up on Twitter.
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Loved the integrity of the research of this latest book of Anitas. Attending one of her talks made it all the more authentic. I
Published: 1st August 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Weight (kg): 0.38