A Town Like Alice

A Town Like Alice: (Vintage Classics Shute Series)

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 03/09/2009
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A Town Like Alice
A heart warming tale of courage
I was worried I would find this book depressing but was persuaded to give it a try and I am so glad I did. A heart warming tale of courage, determination ... READ MORE
Eleanor at Barnstaple


'Probably more people have shed tears over the last page of A Town Like Alice than about any other novel in the English language... remarkable' Guardian

Jean Paget is just twenty years old and working in Malaya when the Japanese invasion begins.

When she is captured she joins a group of other European women and children whom the Japanese force to march for miles through the jungle - an experience that leads to the deaths of many.

Due to her courageous spirit and ability to speak Malay, Jean takes on the role of leader of the sorry gaggle of prisoners and many end up owing their lives to her indomitable spirit. While on the march, the group run into some Australian prisoners, one of whom, Joe Harman, helps them steal some food, and is horrifically punished by the Japanese as a result.

After the war, Jean tracks Joe down in Australia and together they begin to dream of surmounting the past and transforming his one-horse outback town into a thriving community like Alice Springs...

With an introduction by Eric Lomax, author of The Railway Man

  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • ISBN: 9780099530268
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Weight: 261g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 24 mm

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A Town Like Alice
Shute at his best
A fantastic epic story told in a no nonsense style. The main character is tremendous in the way she goes about breaking down the barriers that she finds in... READ MORE
A Town Like Alice
A great classic
A Town Like Alice is the story of Jean Paget, an English woman. The first part is an account of her time in Malaya, where she was made prisoner of war by t... READ MORE
A Town Like Alice
A classic that had passed me by.. until now
Brilliant story, loved the book. We read it for our Bookclub, I had never read it before, in spite of it being a classic, loads to discuss, enjoyed by ever... READ MORE
Rachel Ross Russell