- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Monsoon Books (28 Mar. 2016)
- ISBN-10: 9814625175
- ISBN-13: 978-9814625173
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.6 x 20 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 551,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Bamboo Island (Bamboo Trilogy) Paperback – 28 Mar 2016
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About the Author
Ann Bennett was born in a small village in Northamptonshire, UK. She read Law at Cambridge and qualified and practised as a solicitor. During a career break, to have children, she started to write. Her father had been a prisoner of war on the Thailand Burma Railway and the idea for a Southeast Asian WWII trilogy came from researching his wartime experiences. The research took her back to Asia, a place she loves and has returned to many times. She lives in Surrey with her husband and three sons and works in London as a lawyer. Sales Handles: Sequel to Bamboo Heart (9789814423731), WINNER Best Fiction published in Asia, 2015, Asian Books Blog (Singapore). UK public relations agency handling publicity for this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed the first book in the series but I was especially delighted to discover that I enjoyed Bamboo Island even more! It follows a British woman called Juliet Crosby who has lived with her husband, Gavin on a rubber plantation but their marriage is fraught with difficulties. Her only confidant is her sister Rose who is married herself and lives in Singapore so visiting and speaking with each other is a rare occurrence. There are a number of different time frames to this story (which was part of why I loved it most) and we switch between them seamlessly.
There is pre-war, naive Juliet and her struggles with her distant husband and distant sister (both distant for VERY different reasons, mind you!). Then there is Juliet during the war with full and heart-breaking description of her struggles and her internment at a horrific prison camp but also the friendships and bonds she makes along the way. Finally, there is post war Juliet living back on the rubber plantation and waiting for someone. The person who turns up is definitely not whom she is expecting, a young girl called Mary, claiming to have crucial information about Juliet's family and the loss of those that she had been close to.Read more ›
The events leading up to and during the war, are described in the first person by Juliet, so that we experience her sadness and horror at events beyond her control, while the story of Mary and Juliet in the 1960s is in the third person, enabling Juliet to keep her secrets and maintain a distance from her companion. This is a story of love, passion and cruelty in an outdated society but it is also the story of major conflict and dreadful acts which we should never forget.
The detailed account of Juliet's survival in occupied Singapore is fascinating, as it reflects the experiences of all the races who lived on the island more than any other book I have read about the conflict. The travels in 1960s Indonesia are both interesting in showing a simple unspoilt society and in describing how they dealt with invasion 20 years earlier.
This was a story I could not put down, as I needed to discover Juliet's secrets and what had happened to the other characters in the book and now I will turn to Bamboo Heart, the first book in the series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This story has everything, love, heartache, history & culture. The author describes the horror & pain of World War Two during the invasion & occupation of Singapore in a way that... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I really loved this haunting, powerful and beautiful novel. I loved the main character, Juliet and following her story through the 2nd world war in Asia. Read morePublished 9 months ago by mrs Judith Crouch
Really enjoyed this unusual and captivating family story. I felt very close and sympathetic to the main character and didn't want the book to end. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mrs. L. D. Roland
Great read. So good my wife has pinched my Kindle to read it also.Published 13 months ago by chris d