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The Other Side Of Paradise: World War 2 Saga

3.58  ·  Rating Details ·  78 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
She lived only for pleasure...until war forced her to find courage she did not know she had, and love where she least expected it. It is 1941, and while Britain is in the grip of war, life in the Far East is one of wealth and privilege. In Singapore Susan Roper, secure in the supremacy of the British Empire, enjoys dancing, clothes and fast cars, tennis and light flirtatio ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by Corgi
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Jan 22, 2015 Baz rated it liked it
Shelves: wartime-fiction
Bit light but OK. Probably won't read any more from this author
Aug 28, 2011 Virginia rated it liked it
This book has been floating around my book swap group in Zürich, and I have a question for you English readers living in the UK and US: do the stores actually classify these kinds of books as Chick Lit, like they do in the English-language section here?

In any case, this was enjoyable. More like Chick Adventure, because although there's romance in the beginning and end, the plucky heroine spends a solid chunk of time escaping from the Japanese invasion of Singapore and then in a prison camp.
Jo Barton
Oct 16, 2009 Jo Barton rated it really liked it
After a slow start I really enjoyed this story. I felt that the beginning was overly descriptive and a bit lighthearted, but on reflection this then serves to reiterate the sheer horror and chaos of the fall of Singapore and the cruelty experienced by those who were taken prisoner. Ultimately, it's a love story but there are moments of high drama interspersed with acts of bravery.

Hamsa N
Mar 26, 2016 Hamsa N rated it really liked it
The Other Side of Paradise stands true to its title and takes one through gory details during the war. Gruesome and at the same time gripping with it's subtleties of ways of living during those times.
Lucy Courtenay
Mar 04, 2011 Lucy Courtenay rated it it was ok
Started so badly I skim-read the first third. But it captured the horrors of camp life in Sumatra very well, and there was much that was understated and consequently powerful.
Sep 27, 2010 Rachel rated it it was ok
Not something I might tyoically read, but it served its purpose as a beach novel. The overuse of "Jap" really began to bother me by the end.
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Margaret Mayhew was born in London and her earliest childhood memories were of the London Blitz. She began writing in her mid-thirties and had her first novel published in 1976. She is married to American aviation author, Philip Kaplan, and lives in Gloucestershire.
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