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Bamboo Heart nominated for Asian Books Blog Book of the Lunar Year Award

Asian Books Blog has nominated Bamboo Heart for the book of the lunar year award.  Here’s a link to my ‘500 words’ on Asian Books Blog about inspirations for Bamboo Heart.yearofthehorse_1405898071

http://www.asianbooksblog.com/2015/01/the-asian-books-blog-book-of-lunar-year.html

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Bamboo Heart by Ann Bennett

My first ever review from a professional reviewer – Raelee Chapman of the Singapore Review of Books. Very pleased indeed with that! Just stumbled across it whilst googling…

Singapore Review of Books

Bamboo-Heart

Ann Bennett’s Bamboo Heart begins with Tom Ellis, a captive of the Japanese working on the Death Railway in 1943, in solitary confinement. It is in these opening pages and the narrow confines of his pit prison that we learn what gives him the will to live. Tucked in his chest pocket is a photograph of a young Eurasian woman from Penang, Joy De Souza – this is but one of the threads in Bennett’s first installment of her WWII trilogy.

Bennett has given us a hybrid of sorts with alternating narratives between Tom Ellis and Laura Ellis, his daughter, a lawyer living in London in 1986. Tom’s narrative involves several non-linear time-splits of his pre-war life as a lawyer in London living out days of drudgery, and then as a young man managing a rubber plantation in Penang. Here we get a real sense of Tom’s paradisiacal life in…

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