WW11 reaches Australia! Sweethearts Tom and Annie, and parents of two small daughters, bid farewell as Tom in army uniform sails from Australia. In Singapore, the battles he fights against the Japanese are fierce, but there is worse to befall Tom when a flag in white is carried against the shoulder of his leader. Surrender! From a fighting soldier Tom is a prisoner of the enemy. From Changi he is transported to Burma where a railway must be built. After years of slavery, disease and starvation his spirit to survive is threatened. But at his weakest moment he clings to the promise he made to Annie: he will return to her and their darling daughters. Despair is thrown aside and his determination for survival is as strong. In Australia, Annie nurtures their daughters in a country that has changed forever. Her fear for the safety of Tom escalates when news is heard of the fall of Singapore, and only days later alarm is felt when Japanese bombs fall on Australian soil and warnings are made Australians must be prepared for enemy invasion with little or no warning. Annie’s tears falling many years later when church bells ring and dancing fills the streets. The war with Japan is over! In a squalid camp in another hemisphere, Tom reaches up to snatch a piece of paper. He reads the words: 'Japan has surrendered'. He is going home, but will he break free from the shadows of war?
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About the Author
Gail M Shell was born in Melbourne, Victoria, before moving to Geelong where she married. She and her husband have three sons. Over ten years ago at the request of her family, she wrote and account of her father's experiences as an Australian soldier during WW11 and of his ordeals as a prisoner of war. She assembled many original documents and letters in her possession and in the course of her writing, her father's story expanded. The letters from her father to her mother, diary entries and photos took on a life of their own. Consequently, she also documented her mother's story - her parallel journey back home as Australia underwent revolutionary cultural and economic changes. Their story emerged as a full length novel. Gail was awarded a monetary grant from a fund raising group of the MS Society to help her realise her dreams. This grant enabled her to complete a rewrite of the manuscript under the guidance of a professional assessor, mentor and editor.