Tropic Tide, An Adventurer's Life - by Mandaley Perkins
Mandaley's objective is that her writing be not only entertaining, but enlightening, that her books have the feel of a historical novel, except that everything that happens in them is true.
Mandaley Perkins' love of writing evolved out of a fascination for South East Asia and its colonial history, and the experiences of her own family. In her journey to explore that history she was inspired to write Tropic Tide, published by Transworld (Random House) in 1998. Here she takes her father's experiences and, through painstaking research, weaves them through the dramatic historical events of the period, including the fall of Singapore, the building of the infamous Burma Siam Railway and the Communist Emergency in Malaya. Along the way she embarked on her own adventure, retracing her father's life in Singapore and Malaya, and tracking down old associates in Australia and the U.K. The discovery of a cache of diaries and letters in her father's native Cornwall led the story further into the wilds of northern Australia and the Arafura Sea, where she was moved to explore the questions of the fate of Arnhem Land's aborigines and the annexation of East Timor.
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