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On a rubber plantation in Malaya, on the eve of the Second World War, three teenagers enjoy their last summer of innocence before the Japanese invade.
Against the backdrop of the fall of Malaya and Singapore, the communist insurgency and the eventual Japanese defeat, The Undone Years is a very human story of love and betrayal in a time of war.
The war Malaya and Singapore has been told many times through the eyes of British and Australian soldiers who served against the Japanese.
However, the war from the perspective of the ‘ordinary’ people of Malaya and Singapore who swapped British overlords for Japanese masters in a twinkling has almost been lost in entirety.
This book is an attempt to explain what WW2 was like for these people and how many of the racial and religious divides within these societies today stem from that period in history.
I grew up in a small town in Malaysia, more of a fishing village really that didn’t even have a bookshop. I was the only Indian kid in a school of Chinese and Malay children who didn’t understand me, teachers who thought I was weird because I wanted to play soccer even though I was […]
Marcus Atkinson is good at math and computer games but he’s absolutely terrible at sport. Unfortunately, his Dad believes that Marcus has a gift for sport – just as long as they can find the right sport! Thus begins Marcus’s adventures, recorded for our enjoyment in his Diaries, as he tries to become a Soccer […]
There is a poster from the Singapore police department which states ‘Low Crime doesn’t mean no Crime!’ It adorns taxies on the island state and causes foreigners to stop and stare. This slogan might be one of the reasons that many people do not think ‘crime fiction’ when they think of the Asian novel. Shamini […]