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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Monsoon Books (28 Feb. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9814625256
  • ISBN-13: 978-9814625258
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 2.7 x 13.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Ann Bennett (London, UK) 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 England with her husband and three sons and works in London as a lawyer."


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I have bought and read all of the "Bamboo Trilogy" books by Ann Bennett, and can confirm that this, the last in the series is as equally marvellous as the others. The author obviously knows the area well and has done a great amount of research on the subject of South East Asia during WW2.
The story of the Thai resistance organisation is not one that I had heard of before,but they were obviously very brave like their counterparts that are more familiar in France, Italy and Greece.
I would highly recommend the entire trilogy. Many thanks to Ann Bennett for a wonderful series of informative and enjoyable books. I hope that she will continue to write further historical fiction in the future.
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This third book in Ann Bennett’s Bamboo Trilogy complements the earlier books but can be read on its own. It tells the story of Sirinya, a young Thai girl who, with her family, helped some of the prisoners building the Burma railway during the Second World War. We meet Sirinya when she returns to Thailand in the 1970s after the death of her English husband. There had been dreadful consequences following from the family’s kind actions during wartime and now Sirinya seeks the person responsible for their betrayal.

The awful experiences of the British servicemen and the terrifying bravery of those involved in the Thai underground movement do not make easy reading but I had no idea that local aid had been given and the way they managed to deceive the Japanese soldiers is intriguing. Sirinya’s family are convincingly portrayed and I desperately hoped for a happy outcome.

The contrasting scenery in the countryside, in the rain forest and in Bangkok are vividly described and Sirinya’s feelings of love, despair and acceptance reflect events realistically. Other characters such as her determined, strong mother, Kitima, the quiet, reserved soldier, Johnny and the gentle, supportive Kasem flesh out this unusual tale with people I could imagine and would like to meet. A very thought-provoking novel which is well worth reading.
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After the beautiful second novel in the trilogy that was Bamboo Island, I was eager to get to Bamboo Road, make friends with a host of new characters and find out even more about the horrific things that Japanese prisoners of war went through during the Second World War. I'm very pleased to report back that Bamboo Road did not disappoint. Brutal in points, that's a given considering the subject matter but hugely interesting involving a lot of other themes including friendship, the importance of family and love.

Our protagonist for this story is Sirinya, a young woman living in Thailand with her uncle, aunt and cousin and whom, when the Japanese invade and take over, goes to extreme lengths with her family to help the prisoners of war when she is horrified to discover how they are being treated. As with the other novels in the trilogy, there are a couple of different time periods, that of 1942 when Sirinya was a huge part of the underground movement fighting against the cruel methods used by the Japanese to torture prisoners and the 1970's where Sirinya as a grown woman returns to her family home to settle an old score from years ago that has shadowed and deeply affected her life ever since.

Once again, similar to Bamboo Island, it was wonderful to read about such a brave and independent female lead character who I instantly sympathised and felt connected to. Sirinya takes many risks, is subjected to the worst kind of torture and experiences many losses of her own yet remains strong and determined that the prisoners of war should categorically not be suffering.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book and strongly recommend all 3 in the Bamboo trilogy.
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