SHAME AND THE CAPTIVES
By Tom Keneally Published by Vintage RRP $ 32.95
KENEALLY, the Australian author of Schindler’s List, returns to the theme of war in his latest novel.
At the heart of his story is the NSW central west town of Cowra, where in 1944, 545 Japanese prisoners- of- war escaped.
Keneally was nine at the time, his father was serving overseas and although the family was living in the suburbs of Sydney, the author recalls it was “a terrifying business”.
Keneally’s 23- year- old Alice, is living a dull life with her fatherin- law on his farm while her new husband fi ghts overseas.
Alice fi nds the presence of the Japanese thoroughly perplexing and feels that by connecting with them she can get an idea of what is happening to her husband.