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  • Prisoner from Penang

    Another enjoyable book from this author. Easy to read. Very good and accurate descriptions. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Prisoner from Penang

    Extremely touching protrayal of what intense suffering was endured by the British and other European prisoners of the Japanese in the Sumatran camps in WWII. Loved her characters, warts and all.

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  • Historical Fiction Pacific WW II

    After the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor it’s the start of the war in the pacific, they easily take Malay and they have their sights set on Singapore. Mary Helston flees Penang with her mother Janet, they arrive in Singapore praying they would be safe and surely the Japanese army would be stopped. The British army assumed if the Japanese attacked Singapore it would be via the sea and of course it wasn’t the case. Two months later Mary and her mother have to flee on the last boat to leave Singapore, but the Japanese are relentless and the boat is quickly over taken. This is the beginning of Mary’s time as a prisoner of the Japanese, for over three years she and her fellow captives mainly women and children are moved countless times. They are forced to march from camp to camp, starved, they receive no medical supplies, and many become sick with tropical diseases and all are suffering from malnutrition. They find strength to carry on despite the cruel treatment by the Japanese and the women are completely shut off from the outside world. The Prisoner from Penang is a sequel to The Pearl of Penang, both Mary Helston and Veronica Leighton are familiar characters from the first book, we read about their awful experiences as captives of the Japanese, it’s worse than anyone could imagine and how Veronica redeems herself to Mary and the other women in the camp. I can’t wait to read third book in the series The Painter in Penang. I highly recommend both books and I gave Prisoner from Penang five stars and I read it in a day.

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  • Prisone from Penan

    Started this book at 10 a.m today and finished at 2.30. Could not put it down. Loved it!

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  • Captivating and heartbreaking - a must read!

    A touching and emotional story - and it's raw honesty cuts to the core. Should be required reading for anyone studying WWII and the horror of the Camps....Highly recommend!

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