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Have You Eaten Rice Today?

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Author: Apple Gidley

The Emergency rumbles through the jungle, the kampongs, and towns as the communist uprising in 1950's Malaya adds poignancy to the salutation, 'have you eaten rice today? when hunger drives some terrorists to surrender.

Simon Frampton returns to Malaya as a rubber planter after failing to settle into civilian life in England after the War. His knowledge of the jungle is again put to use when a war-time covert force is reformed and renamed, Ferret Force, made up of Malays, Chinese and Europeans.

Dee Cunningham, an Australian nurse longing to escape the confines of Townsville, Queensland, joins the British Red Cross to help set up and run rural clinics in Malaya.

The violence of guerrilla warfare becomes the backdrop to their love story but miscommunication leads to sadness and it is not until sixty years later, when Max stays with Simon, his grandfather, at his Dorset farm and finds a box filled with envelopes with Australian stamps, that misunderstandings are explained.

Have You Eaten Rice Today? is a story about a violent period in Malaya's history leading to independence, merdeka, and how love is found in unexpected places.

Publisher: Vine Leaves Press
Published: 09/06/2022
Pages: 304
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.81lbs
Size: 9.00h x 6.00w x 0.76d
ISBN: 9786188600232

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