Environmentalist Felix persuades his young granddaughter Bee to accompany him on holiday to Malaysia, where they journey to Pulau Tua, a vast and sacred island some distance off the Malaysian coast. There they witness the kidnapping of 10 year-old Tuan, sole survivor of an indigenous tribe wiped out by disease. With a unique genetic profile and astonishing appearance, Tuan is a ticket to definitive recognition for his abductor.
The Last Tiger follows Tuan and Bee as they grow up together in England under the harsh spotlight of celebrity. But while the world watches Tuan achieve acclaim and success, privately he is beginning to falter, eventually crumpling beneath a betrayal unimaginably cruel. Meanwhile, best friend Bee has her own terrible secret. Life for them both is steadily spiralling out of control.
This is a compelling story of love and friendship in all its guises, of difference and acceptance, of betrayal and forgiveness. But how will it end? For love of every kind is rarely destined to be straightforward.
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About the Author
Life has so many possible outcomes. From the simple question what if? a thousand stories can evolve. This is how novelist, Barbara Jaques, finds inspiration, through questions of coincidence, uncertainty, superstition and faith.
Born in a tiny town in Alberta to wandering parents before their return to Bristol, Barbara has also wandered a little, although is now settled in Wiltshire with her family, close to her childhood home.