The Other Side Of Paradise
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The Other Side Of Paradise

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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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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 at Jaffareadstoo
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.

Lucy Courtenay
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.
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.
Kathleen Freeman
I thought this was a great book.
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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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