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East of West, West of East

Hamish Brown

East of West, West of East by Hamish Brown

1940: The Brown family are in Japan, far from home with war imminent.

This extraordinary book tells the story of a remarkable family caught in Japan at the outbreak of the Second World War in the Pacific. With letters, journal extracts and notes from Hamish Brown’s parents, as well as his own recollections, it brings the era to life: not only life in the dying days of the British Empire, but also the terrible reality of the invasion of Singapore into which they escaped.

RRP: £9.99
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781912240258
Publication Date: 19/07/2018
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Hamish Brown
Hamish Brown is a legendary climber, walker, traveller and author. He is the author and editor of many books, including Tom Weir, an anthology of work selected from throughout the...


‘An insight into history before it became history.’

Michael Pye

‘Hamish Brown is a legendary figure.’

Alistair Moffat

‘This is a wonderful and uplifting read. It is told in an understated and quiet way, which shows the resilience of the human spirit and how hope can survive in what seems to be a hopeless situation. It would be an excellent choice for reading groups.’

NB Magazine

‘An outstanding book. It succeeds in being readable and engaging as well as historically significant.’

Undiscovered Scotland

‘Hamish Brown’s account of his childhood abroad during a time of enormous political upheaval is colourfully described, touching and absorbing... an essential account of the Second World War from outwith Europe.’

The Fountain Review

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