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. 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...
A powerful story, very well read
Thought by many to be Nevil Shute's finest novel and, with On The Beach, perhaps the best-known. Robin Bailey reads with quiet authority and subtle characterisation. Definitely worth a listen
A Town Like Alice
Am addicted to Nevil Chute. He writes so brilliantly about the comfortable life of the privileged in London and the complete contrast of the hardship & brutality of survival as a Japanese prisoner of war. It is two books really, as we then go to another extreme with
lifestyle in the remote outback of Australia. He really knows how to to maximise most vividly on these extraordinary differences.
Never mind the 'stories' within! which are so very poignant.
A Town Like Alice
This is an excellent book and has been made into a film but that only covered a small part of the book and this book goes much further and was serialized at a later time for television. This has always been one of my favorite books and although about war and hardship it carrys you along and you just want there to be a happy ending and you are not disappointed although along the way there will be tears. Definately recommended as an excellent read. Enjoy..