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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Eland Publishing Ltd; New edition edition (30 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0907871283
  • ISBN-13: 978-0907871286
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 12.6 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 196,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By june B on 24 July 2011
Format: Paperback
I have just returned from Borneo having visited Agnus Keith's house/museum this wonderful book written when her family were interned in a Japanese POW camp us uplifting and very inspirational.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ms Rebecca C. Skinner on 12 Feb 2011
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I've not been able to put this book down. I wish they had told me about women like this in history class at school.

I found it interesting to read the story from her point of view. Sometimes when you read books on the subject the author has put them on a pedal stool and will keep to the view of the great British spirit, of people all coming together united by a common enemy. Whereas this book you could see her changing emotions, she admits in the first camp to hating some of the women, to breaking the rules to get food and medicine for her son.

This book is certainly worth a read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. E. G on 16 Oct 2011
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Although a very old film it was in excellent condition and gave us some insight into past history of Sabah which we have recently visited We have also found the accompanying book very revealing.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gillian M. Griffin on 9 Mar 2009
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A very readable book without swear words. I enjoyed this true story of an American woman and her child in a Japanese prisoner of war camp. I cannot imagine what banana skin soup tastes like, every time I eat a banana now and throw away the skin I think of Agnes Keiths struggle to survive.
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I couldn't stop reading this book! This is one of the best book of memories from time of WWII I ever read.

Agnes Keith was born Agnes Newton in 1901 in Oak Park, Illinois. Later her family moved to California and she studied at Berkeley. After graduation she became a journalist at "San Francisco Examiner" - but her career was interrupted after only eight months by a shocking development. A crazy man, who believed that the press persecuted him by printing cartoons tried to kill her and left her for dead. It took her two years to fully recover.

After making some modelling and playing small roles in movies, in 1934 she married Henry ("Harry") G. Keith, an Englishman who was since a long time a friend of her brother. Soon after their marriage, Mr and Mrs Keith left for Borneo, where he was working since already ten years. They were to live there until 1952, with just an interruption in 1945-46 - it was also there that their son George was born. After 1952 they lived and worked in Philippines and Libya before retiring to British Columbia in Canada, where they lived until the end of their days. Agnes Keith died in 1982 - her husband died before the end of the same year.

Agnes Keith published seven books in all during her life, beginning with "Land Below the Wind" in 1939 in which she described her life in British colony of Sandakan in Borneo since 1934. It went to be quite widely known in pre-war Asia, but it was her second book, "Three came home", published in 1947 that became a bestseller and is definitely her most important publication.

"Three came home" describes the period of Japanese occupation of Borneo between beginning of 1942 and September 1945.
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