East of West, West of East
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.
‘An insight into history before it became history.’
‘Hamish Brown is a legendary figure.’
‘An outstanding book. It succeeds in being readable and engaging as well as historically significant.’
‘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