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To Love a Sunburnt Country by Jackie French

All you who have not loved her,

You will not understand……

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The year is 1942 and the world is at war. Nancy Clancy is 16 and left school to spend a year droving, just like her grandfather Clancy of the Overflow was famed for. Now Nancy’s family has sent her to Malaya to bring home her sister0in-law Moira and baby Gavin. Moira is British and married to Nancy’s brother Ben, who is now a soldier. Malaya is under threat from the Japanese, but despite the warnings Moira has resisted leaving as she wants to stay near her husband.

When Malaya is invaded, Nancy, Moira and Gavin are fortunate to get out before Singapore falls. When their ship is bombed they end up stranded on an island where they, and some other colonial women, are captured. There begins the nightmare and horror of internment in a Japanese camp. Back home at Gibber’s Creek families are doing their bit for the war. They worry constantly about their men who are fighting – and now those who are missing after Singapore falls.

Powerful, compelling and confronting, this is a book that pulls no punches. Filled with emotional truth and heartfelt agony, this unforgettable fourth book in the The Matilda Saga continues the journey that started with A Waltz for Matilda.

Review: Good Reads, Retrieved 1st June 2015, http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23449436-to-love-a-sunburnt-country

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June 1, 2015 Posted by | Family/Relationships, Uncategorized, War | | Leave a comment