A Town Like Alice


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A heart-rending story of strength in adversity, A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute is a celebration of the overwhelming power of love. This Macmillan Collector's Library edition features an afterword by bestselling novelist, Jenny Colgan. Jean Paget, a young English woman, is captured by the Japanese army in Malaya during World War Two. She is forced on a brutal march across the country with a group of women and children. During this appalling ordeal she befriends Joe Harman, an Australian soldier who risks his own life to ...

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Jun 21, 2014

a wondrous story

A Town Like Alice has all the ingredients for a most remarkable book: strong characters, plot development based on fact, and the intrigue offered by foreign lands. Years ago, I saw the Australian mini-series of this novel, and was enthralled. I read the book at that time, and loved it. Recently, after a few decades, I reread the account and was even more impressed. I definitely want to read other works by Nevil Shute. I most highly recommend A Town Like Alice.


Jul 5, 2009

A different look at the results of war

This book is a bit difficult to read due to the language of the era, but the story is very interesting. It demonstrates what determination and common sense can accomplish.

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