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‘Among the ten finest novels written about Asia’ The Asian Wall Street Journal (Harry Rolnick)

‘Pulls no punches … a book to remember’ The Age, Australia

‘At times the lying, grasping, impenitent and wholly immoral Vilai becomes twenty times larger than life. She is the real thing …’ The New York Times

‘One night in Bangkok, so the song goes, makes a hard man humble. The city is, in fact, a combine harvester for the expat male heart. Jack Reynolds captures the ethos perfectly in this, the definitive account, written 50 years ago’ The Guardian, UK (Malcolm Pryce)

‘Fascinating … intensely readable’ Gore Vidal, author

‘More than half a century ago, Jack Reynolds wrote the original Bangkok bargirl story’ Stephen Leather, author

‘A well-written and poignant story of a young Englishman’s descent into the world of Thai brothels … the best novel yet published with this theme’ Joe Cummings, author

https://www.monsoonbooks.co.uk/product/a-woman-of-bangkok-by-jack-reynolds/

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‘At times the lying, grasping, impenitent and wholly immoral Vilai becomes twenty times larger than life. She is the real thing …’ The New York Times

Set against a beautifully observed Thailand of the 1950s, this is the story of a young Englishman’s infatuation with a dance-hall hostess named Vilai, who all Bangkok knows as The White Leopard. No ordinary prostitute, Vilai is one of the most memorable in literature’s long line of brazen working girls. An unmitigated liar and brutally transparent about her desire for money, she unscrupulously milks young Reggie Joyce, the son of an Anglican vicar, with complete frankness. Reggie knows her for what she is yet there seems no folly he will not commit for her, no road to ruin he dares not take. Vilai becomes an obsession for him—an obsession that brings Reggie moments of ecstasy, months of anguish and the threat of utter disaster.

Acknowledged today as one of the most memorable novels about Thailand, A Woman of Bangkok was first published to critical acclaim in London and New York in the 1950s and is a classic of Bangkok fiction. While the Fifties was a very different world, what is remarkable about this book is that the more the bar scene in Bangkok changes, the more it stays the same. Just as Moll Flanders and Fanny Hill stand eternal, Vilai takes a very special, dare one say seminal, place as the first and best of the many anti-heroines of the now burgeoning Bangkok novel.

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‘One night in Bangkok, so the song goes, makes a hard man humble. The city is, in fact, a combine harvester for the expat male heart. Jack Reynolds captures the ethos perfectly in this, the definitive account, written 50 years ago’ The Guardian, UK (Malcolm Pryce)

Set against a beautifully observed Thailand of the 1950s, this is the story of a young Englishman’s infatuation with a dance-hall hostess named Vilai, who all Bangkok knows as The White Leopard. No ordinary prostitute, Vilai is one of the most memorable in literature’s long line of brazen working girls. An unmitigated liar and brutally transparent about her desire for money, she unscrupulously milks young Reggie Joyce, the son of an Anglican vicar, with complete frankness. Reggie knows her for what she is yet there seems no folly he will not commit for her, no road to ruin he dares not take. Vilai becomes an obsession for him—an obsession that brings Reggie moments of ecstasy, months of anguish and the threat of utter disaster.
Acknowledged today as one of the most memorable novels about Thailand, A Woman of Bangkok was first published to critical acclaim in London and New York in the 1950s and is a classic of Bangkok fiction. While the Fifties was a very different world, what is remarkable about this book is that the more the bar scene in Bangkok changes, the more it stays the same. Just as Moll Flanders and Fanny Hill stand eternal, Vilai takes a very special, dare one say seminal, place as the first and best of the many anti-heroines of the now burgeoning Bangkok novel.

About the author:
Jack Reynolds worked for the Bangkok Post and other journals as writer and editor, sandwiched between further unaccompanied postings with the UN in the Far East and Africa. He finally returned to journalism in Bangkok in the Seventies and was a favourite contributor of articles on a range of local topics with a strong popular following in Thailand.

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Posted @withregram • @anareads717 📚📚📚REVIEW📚📚📚

This is the first of the many books in Kain Songket Mysteries Series.

I have always loved reading mystery books, and this is one of them. Happens in Kelantan around 1970s. The Kelantanese described in the book as well-mannered, the women are the economic setter, the men workplaces are in the coffe shops.

Since i am not a Kelantanese, there are many things new to me. Not sure if all Kelantanese people will agree with what is written inside, but i am sure that it is through thorough observation that the author collected during the years she was there studying.

I love the character Makcik Maryam, quite bossy but kindhearted. It was funny how she managed to wrap Osman around her finger.

The violence shown in the book well described the extreme length that people would risk to take when they are desperate to cover their secrets. I can see that the author worked hard to learn malay idioms ti use it in the book. Though the book need a little bit of editing, i love the twist of the story.

Good job and congrats to the author!

I would love to read the rest of series @monsoonbooks

Thank you for giving me this opportunity ❤️

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Posted @withregram • @anareads717 Whoa! These first few lines totally caught me off guard 😂

Such a fascinating book, I must say 😘

“Ghani’s second wife had recently appeared at the home of his first, so no one was completely surprised when he was found dead. There were risks to this kind of announcement, and though no one actually accused his first wife of killing him, sympathy for her had she done so ran high, especially among women.

Ghani played drums in the orchestra of a Wayang Siam, or shadow play, backing Kelantan’s most popular dalang. Only a few weeks earlier, to the amusement of his fellow musicians, he had begun an affair with a woman in far off Kuala Krai, where his troupe performed. She peeped into the stage while they were playing, catching Ghani’s eye as he had caught hers while taking a quick cigarette and coffee break at her tiny stall set up near the stage.”

“Shadow Play” (Kain Songket Mysteries volume 1) by Barbara Ismail. Malaysia’s most famous female amateur sleuth.

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Posted @withregram • @anareads717 At last!🥰

It takes a month for this parcel to arrive.
I’m so over the moon to receive it this afternoon.

Though i’m very annoyed at the postman for throwing the parcel from the outside gate straight to my front door! Luckily the book did not suffer any damage. Why in the world couldn’t he just put it on the wall as usual, i have no idea. Which courier? Have a guess 😉

Anyway, thank you for the books Phil @monsoonbooks 😁

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‘Immaculately researched’ The Daily Telegraph, UK

In the fourth and final volume of the The Straits Quartet, Charlotte Macleod is the English concubine. Her love affair with Zhen, wealthy Chinese merchant, is an open scandal to both the English and the Chinese communities.

Singapore in 1860 is a vice-ridden town filled “with the dregs of humanity from two continents”. Opium makes up half of the British Empire’s trade in the East and, from Singapore, the Chinese triads control the vast distribution of chandu, the refined opium, which is spread through the south seas. Turf wars are fought on the high seas and on the streets of Chinatown to control the mighty profits of this trade. The colonial government, impoverished and ineffectual, can do nothing about it. Only the Chinese godfather, the Lord of the Kongsi, has that power through his control of the coolie, prostitute and opium trade.

When Zhen is forced to become the godfather of the Kongsi, cracks appear in Charlotte’s world and when Alexander, her son, unaware of his true paternity, arrives from Scotland and begins a secret and incestuous affair with his own half sister, it explodes.

Opium, murder, incest, suicide, passion and love. A heady combination in the sin city of the south seas.

Singapore’s most passionate series of historical fiction.

The Red Thread (Vol.1)
The Shallow Seas (Vol.2)
The Hills of Singapore (Vol.3)
The English Concubine (Vol.4)

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In Vol.3 of The Straits Quartet, young, beautiful and wealthy widow Charlotte Macleod leaves Batavia in the 1850s and returns to Singapore for the English education of her two young sons. She is determined not to be drawn back into a secret affair with Zhen, the married Chinese merchant, triad-member and man she loves who is, unbeknownst to him, the father of her eldest son, Alex. Charlotte is convinced she can find happiness in a respectable marriage with the attractive but reticent Captain Maitland. But when murder and death strike, Singapore erupts in the violence of triad wars and Zhen’s growing affection for Alex gives cause for alarm, she must make some hard decisions, for her children and herself. Drawing on the real-life historical personalities of the time, Dawn Farnham mixes fact and fiction to paint a rich portrait of mid-nineteenth-century Singapore and the realm of the White Rajah of Sarawak, at a time when triads, piracy and crime were rife and life in colonial Southeast Asia was anything but safe.

The Red Thread (Vol.1)
The Shallow Seas (Vol.2)
The Hills of Singapore (Vol.3)
The English Concubine (Vol.4)

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In Vol.2 of The Straits Quartet, Charlotte Macleod is nineteen, pregnant, and alone in 1842. She is fleeing a scandalous liaison with her married Chinese lover, a liaison which would bring ruin on him, herself, and her brother, Robert, the police chief of Singapore. When Tigran Manouk, forty, and the richest merchant in Batavia, capital of the Dutch East Indies, asks for her hand in marriage, the choice is no choice. Through loss and pain, Charlotte will find a way to make a life with a man she does not love in a town she does not understand. Until she returns to Singapore, to the town where the man she loves waits for her, to face the hardest decision of her life.

The Red Thread (Vol.1)
The Shallow Seas (Vol.2)
The Hills of Singapore (Vol.3)
The English Concubine (Vol.4)

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Singapore’s most passionate series of historical romance.

Like Chinese silk, The Red Thread is, by turns, gentle and strong, exploring a love that breaks through the divide of race and culture, a love that is both deeply physical and a marriage of souls. Set against the backdrop of 1830s Singapore where piracy, crime, triads and tigers are commonplace, this cultural romance, Vol.1 in The Straits Quartet, follows the struggle of two lovers: Zhen, once the loweliest of Chinese coolies and triad member, later chosen to marry into a Peranakan family of Baba Chinese merchants; and Charlotte, an 18-year-old Scots girl and sister of Singapore’s Head of Police. Two cultures bound together by the invisible threads of fate yet separated by cultural diversity. By incorporating real figures from Singapore’s historical past, Dawn Farnham brings to life the heady atmosphere of Old Singapore, where exotic beliefs and customs clash and jostle in the struggle to make a life and create mutual understanding between peoples from different worlds.

The Red Thread (Vol.1)
The Shallow Seas (Vol.2)
The Hills of Singapore (Vol.3)
The English Concubine (Vol.4)

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‘Immaculately researched’ The Daily Telegraph, UK

Drawing on real-life historical personalities and actual places from 19th-century Singapore, author Dawn Farnham brings to life the heady atmosphere of Old Singapore where piracy, crime, triads and tigers are commonplace. This intense and passionate 4-volume romance follows the struggle of two lovers: Charlotte Macleod, sister of Singapore’s Head of Police, and Zhen, triad member and once the lowliest of coolies, who confronts the odds in his quest to become a wealthy Chinese merchant. Opium, murder, incest, suicide, passion and love … a heady combination in the sin city of the south seas.

The Red Thread (Vol.1)
The Shallow Seas (Vol.2)
The Hills of Singapore (Vol.3)
The English Concubine (Vol.4)

Available from leading bookstores in Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, UK and North America.
FREE delivery worldwide from The Book Depository.
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In 1669, fleeing a London decimated by the plague and the Great Fire, a 9-year-old English child arrived alone at Fort St. George, the first English fortress in Mughal India. The boy survived to become a maverick merchant-mariner, an ‘independent’ trading on the fringes of the East India Company.

Captain Thomas Bowrey gained renown in numerous fields. Operating throughout the East Indies and speaking Malay, he would publish the first ever Malay-English dictionary, a seminal work used a century later by Thomas Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore. He was involved in the African slave trade to India; he collaborated with Daniel Defoe, author of Robinson Crusoe, in the founding of the South Sea Company; and even penned the first account in English of the recreational use of cannabis.

Bowrey’s shipping interests were many but were plagued by pirates, privateers and mutiny and included the tragic Worcester, an incident that hastened the union of England and Scotland in 1707 and divides Scots and English to this day.

Despite everything, Bowrey amassed sufficient fortune for alms-houses to be built in his name following his death, but his true legacy is his papers that lay hidden in an attic for two centuries and which now shed light not only on the exploits of this remarkable man but also on life and commerce at the start of globalisation.

Available from leading bookstores in SE Asia, Australia, UK and North America. (Free shipping worldwide from The Book Depository)
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In 1669, fleeing a London decimated by the plague and the Great Fire, a 9-year-old English child arrived alone at Fort St. George, the first English fortress in Mughal India. The boy survived to become a maverick merchant-mariner, an ‘independent’ trading on the fringes of the East India Company.

Captain Thomas Bowrey gained renown in numerous fields. Operating throughout the East Indies and speaking Malay, he would publish the first ever Malay-English dictionary, a seminal work used a century later by Thomas Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore. He was involved in the African slave trade to India; he collaborated with Daniel Defoe, author of Robinson Crusoe, in the founding of the South Sea Company; and even penned the first account in English of the recreational use of cannabis.

Bowrey’s shipping interests were many but were plagued by pirates, privateers and mutiny and included the tragic Worcester, an incident that hastened the union of England and Scotland in 1707 and divides Scots and English to this day.

Despite everything, Bowrey amassed sufficient fortune for alms-houses to be built in his name following his death, but his true legacy is his papers that lay hidden in an attic for two centuries and which now shed light not only on the exploits of this remarkable man but also on life and commerce at the start of globalisation.

Available from leading bookstores in SE Asia, Australia, UK and North America. (Free shipping worldwide from The Book Depository)
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In 1669, fleeing a London decimated by the plague and the Great Fire, a 9-year-old English child arrived alone at Fort St. George, the first English fortress in Mughal India. The boy survived to become a maverick merchant-mariner, an ‘independent’ trading on the fringes of the East India Company.

Captain Thomas Bowrey gained renown in numerous fields. Operating throughout the East Indies and speaking Malay, he would publish the first ever Malay-English dictionary, a seminal work used a century later by Thomas Stamford Raffles, the founder of Singapore. He was involved in the African slave trade to India; he collaborated with Daniel Defoe, author of Robinson Crusoe, in the founding of the South Sea Company; and even penned the first account in English of the recreational use of cannabis.

Bowrey’s shipping interests were many but were plagued by pirates, privateers and mutiny and included the tragic Worcester, an incident that hastened the union of England and Scotland in 1707 and divides Scots and English to this day.

Despite everything, Bowrey amassed sufficient fortune for alms-houses to be built in his name following his death, but his true legacy is his papers that lay hidden in an attic for two centuries and which now shed light not only on the exploits of this remarkable man but also on life and commerce at the start of globalisation.

Available from leading bookstores in SE Asia, Australia, UK and North America. (Free shipping worldwide from The Book Depository)
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Just released and claiming #3 spot on Amazon Kindle Southeast Asian Travel is “Love on the Rocks: True Stories from a Pattaya Bar Manager”. (And great to see another Monsoon author at #2 spot!)

Pouring their hearts out at the bar are a tourist who reclaims his masculinity with the help of a ladyboy, a retired financier who invests thousands in a business with a woman he meets on the streets of Pattaya, a desperate Irishman who breaks the law in his pursuit of love, a high-net-worth visitor who is traded between bargirls, and many others whose heart strings are pulled to the point of breaking.

That many of these relationships ended sourly is not unexpected but the author was surprised to see some of his customers find true love in the Land of Smiles.

£8.99 FREE Worldwide Delivery from The Book Depositary

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“Historically accurate narrative” South China Morning Post, HK

“Forbidden Hill is an imagined but historically faithful account of Singapore’s transition from sleepy fishing village to major trading center. While invented characters and purely imaginary events are woven in, the core of the story actually occurred and a great many of its cast were real personalities.” Asian Review of Books

Set against the development of Singapore in the years 1852-1869, Hungry Ghosts (Singapore Saga, Vol 3) continues the vivid portrayal of the lives of the early pioneers, including Tan Kim Ching, W. H. Read, Habib Noh, Tan Kim Seng, Mother St Mathilde, Syed Ahmed Alsagoff and Whampoa as well as an array of fictional characters who bring nineteenth-century Singapore to life.

A female refugee from the Taiping Rebellion is kidnapped in Amoy and sold as a concubine in Singapore; an enterprising Indian convict converts his training as a metalworker into the more lucrative business of counterfeiting; a terror-filled secret society soldier is led down to the ten courts of hell on the night of the hungry ghosts; Duncan Simpson meets with the Heavenly King in Nanking and is tortured in a Chinese prison; an English wife escapes a loveless marriage when the ‘ghost ship’ CSS Alabama puts into Singapore.

As the fates and fortunes of its protagonists play themselves out against the backdrop of the Indian Mutiny, the Second Opium War and the last years of the Taiping rebellion, Singapore becomes a Crown colony and celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of its founding.

Hungry Ghosts is volume three in the Singapore Saga, a series of historical fiction covering the early years of Singapore, and follows Forbidden Hill and Chasing the Dragon.

Vol.1: Forbidden Hill
Vol.2: Chasing the Dragon
Vol.3: Hungry Ghosts

Paperback and ebook available from leading bookstores in Singapore, SE Asia, UK, Australia and North America.

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Free UK delivery and only £7 per book postage to the rest of the world. 🌏 and 20% off when you buy 3 books or more. Monsoon publishes fiction and narrative nonfiction set in Southeast Asia with books translated into numerous languages and adapted for TV and stage.
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“Brimming with memorable characters, this colourful reimagining of the early history of Singapore restores William Farquhar – long eclipsed by Raffles – to his rightful position at the forefront of the founding of the colonial settlement, and brings the intrigues, personality clashes and violence of the era vividly to life.” Tim Hannigan, author of Raffles and the British Invasion of Java

Set against the expansion of Singapore in the years 1834-1854, Chasing the Dragon (Singapore Saga, Vol. 2) continues to vividly portray the lives of the early pioneers of the expanding port city, including Joseph Balestier, Seah Eu Chin, Captain Henry Keppel, Tan Tock Seng, Munshi Abdullah, Governor Butterworth and Whampoa as well as fictional characters who bring nineteenth-century Singapore to life.
Duncan Simpson comes to manhood when he joins James Brooke, the White Rajah of Sarawak, on his expeditions against the piratical Borneo Dayaks; an Indian cattleman turns to tiger hunting when his herd is decimated by disease; a Malay magician conjures up magic spells to capture the love of a woman and destroy her husband; a Chinese mother is haunted by the ghostly cries of her abandoned child; a mesmerist performs a dangerous surgery; and Chinese secret society gangs murder Christian farmers in the interior of the island.

As the troop ships of the British Expeditionary Force assemble in Singapore in preparation for the First Opium War, Hong Xiuquan has a dream that will launch the Taiping Rebellion in China, taking the lives of twenty million and powerfully impacting the fortunes of the new citizens of Singapore.

Chasing the Dragon is volume two in the Singapore Saga, a series of historical fiction that spans the first 100 years of Singapore, and follows Forbidden Hill.

Vol.1: Forbidden Hill
Vol.2: Chasing the Dragon
Vol.3: Hungry Ghosts

Paperback and ebook available from leading bookstores in Singapore, SE Asia, UK, Australia and North America.

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“100 years of early Singapore in new fiction series.” Straits Times, Singapore

On 6 February 1819, Stamford Raffles, William Farquhar, Temenggong Abdul Rahman and Sultan Hussein signed a treaty that granted the British East India Company the right to establish a trading settlement on the sparsely populated island of Singapore.

Forbidden Hill (Singapore Saga, Vol. 1) is a meticulously researched and vividly imagined historical narrative that brings to life the stories of the early European, Malay, Chinese and Indian pioneers – the administrators, merchants, policemen, boatmen, coolies, concubines, slaves and secret society soldiers – whose vision and intrigues drive the rapid expansion of the port city in the early decades of the nineteenth century. While Raffles and Farquhar clash over the administration of the settlement, theScottish merchant adventurer Ronnie Simpson and Englishwoman Sarah Hemmings find love and redemption as they battle an American duelist and Illanun pirates. As the ghosts of the rajahs of the ancient city of Singapura fade into the shadows of Forbidden Hill, the new settlers forge their linked destinies in the ‘emporium of the Eastern seas’.

Vol.1: Forbidden Hill
Vol.2: Chasing the Dragon
Vol.3: Hungry Ghosts

Paperback and ebook available from leading bookstores in Singapore, SE Asia, UK, Australia and North America.

Also available from the publisher
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‘Tough issues explored with pinpoint accuracy ... erudite in its exploration of unusually difficult issues and ideas,’ writes journalist Robert Forster of ‘Death of a Coast Watcher’ by Anthony English in ‘PNG Attitude’. ‘[The author’s] greatest achievement is to have sat convincingly inside the heads of his principal characters, including the Tolai women, and relayed their most sensitive innermost feeling and thoughts ... Later this year I intend to read his book a second time and digest its many messages at a slower pace. “Death of a Coast Watcher” deserves it.’

Read the full review in ‘PNG Attitude’.

‘Death of a Coast Watcher’ by Anthony English (Monsoon Books, 2020)

Synopsis:
In 1943 on Bougainville Island, New Guinea, a Japanese officer beheads Hugh Rand, an Australian spy — a coast watcher. The spectators include villagers he terrorised as his mind frayed under the stress of pursuit by soldiers and their hounds.

Rand’s influence transcends his death. For decades he plagues characters who strive to cope with him and one another in New Guinea, the Gilbert Islands, Australia and Japan. Who misperceives? Lies? Self-destructs? Suffers? Loves? The layers unfold as the author entices us through cultural, historical and intellectual curtains, deep into minds and relationships disturbed by the Pacific war and Rand’s legacy.

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‘As a woman, I found myself totally immersed in this account of the horrors of war, where innocent indigenous women are caught up in its atrocities, demonstrating their strength and resilience … Memories of past events plague the minds of those who have a connection to it, to the point of obsession, as if they are possessed by the ghosts of these characters … An amazing read which delivers a complex tale of the injustices of war and a fight for survival, very close to home.’ Dr Jenny Murray-Jones, Deakin University (excerpt of review on Goodreads)

“Death of a Coast Watcher” by Anthony English

Synopsis:
In 1943 on Bougainville Island, New Guinea, a Japanese officer beheads Hugh Rand, an Australian spy — a coast watcher. The spectators include villagers he terrorised as his mind frayed under the stress of pursuit by soldiers and their hounds.

Rand’s influence transcends his death. For decades he plagues characters who strive to cope with him and one another in New Guinea, the Gilbert Islands, Australia and Japan. Who misperceives? Lies? Self-destructs? Suffers? Loves? The layers unfold as the author entices us through cultural, historical and intellectual curtains, deep into minds and relationships disturbed by the Pacific war and Rand’s legacy.

£8.99
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“It’s going to be one of my Top Books for the year ... a thought-provoking book ... highly recommended” writes Lisa Hill in her Australian and NZ books blog about “Death of a Coast Watcher” by Australian author Anthony English, historical fiction set in New Guinea, Gilbert Islands, Japan and Australia.

In 1943 on Bougainville Island, New Guinea, a Japanese officer beheads Hugh Rand, an Australian spy — a coast watcher. The spectators include villagers he terrorised as his mind frayed under the stress of pursuit by soldiers and their hounds.

Rand’s influence transcends his death. For decades he plagues characters who strive to cope with him and one another in New Guinea, the Gilbert Islands, Australia and Japan. Who misperceives? Lies? Self-destructs? Suffers? Loves? The layers unfold as the author entices us through cultural, historical and intellectual curtains, deep into minds and relationships disturbed by the Pacific war and Rand’s legacy.

#australianauthor #australianliterature #australianbookstagram #papuanewguinea #gilbertislands #historicalfiction
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