My wife recently read this and recommended I read it. I thoroughly enjoyed it, reading it in about a week. Its main strength is the powerful and inspirational story-line, as opposed to the story-telling or style of writing, which is quite factual, dry and unsentimental. This of course is unsurprising as it is written in the persona of Noel Strachan, a lawyer handling the estate of Douglas Macfadden.
The story centres on Jean Paget, niece of the deceased Macfadden and tells of her heroic survival with a group of women and children in Malaya during the 2nd World War, her journey to find her true (and as she thought at one time, lost) love and her determination not only to settle in the Australian outback but also transform a faded and remote town of a few hundred people into a thriving community.
It's a wonderful book which I could not put down.
This book is an ageless masterpiece. So beautiful and discreet. I highly recommend it to everyone. Do read it before visiting Alice Springs and Cairns.
I read this because I had greatly enjoyed "No Highway" and "On the Beach" by the same author. I have not been disappointed. The book feels incredibly exotic, it reminds us of how different the world was in the post-WWII decade as far as many things go - modes of travelling, affluence, racism, class prejudice......Continua