Book of the Week, April 25th 2015

2014’s Booker prize winner, now out in paperback, is the complex and powerful story of Dorrigo Evans, an army doctor in a Japanese PoW camp working on the Burma Death Railway. Many thousands died in the building of that railway through the dense jungles of Thailand and Burma but Dorrigo survived. Back in Australia, he is feted as a war hero for saving the lives of many during the horrors and cruelty of the war. But he cannot accept the praise. For him and for many other survivors, returning to the ordinariness of post war life was not easy. Memories cannot be escaped and peace held its own terrors. An ultimately doomed love affair runs through these pages bringing hope, tenderness and passion into the unrelenting darkness of the prison camp. A book of grand themes; love and war and what it means to live a worthy life.