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A town like Alice, Nevil Shute 1956

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Title: A town like Alice

Author: Nevil Shute

Publisher: The book club

Publication Date: 1956

Format: Hardcover

This book is in good condition for its age other than some minor signs of wear and small rips in dust jacket.

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Reader's note

Probably more people have shed tears over the last page of A Town Like Alice than about any other novel in the English language. 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 Jean takes on the role of leader of the sorry gaggle of prisoners and many end up owing their lives to her spirit. While on the march, the group run into some Australian prisoners, one of whom, Joe Harman, helps them steal some food, and is punished by the Japanese as a result. After the war, Jean tracks Joe down in Australia and together they begin to dream of the future. This would make a delightful edition to any home library.