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Stories of Survival: Unbroken (Laura Hillenbrand) and The Arrival (Shaun Tan)

By Kellie Purcill

An unstoppable prankster as a child in California, an unbeatable runner in the Berlin Olympics, a bombardier in World War Two, Louie Zamperini was always a force to be reckoned with. “All he could see, in every direction, was water. It was June 23, 1943. Somewhere on the endless expanse of the Pacific Ocean… Louie …

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A Town Like Alice, By Nevil Shute

By Kellie Purcill

Jean Paget is English, living in Malaysia, when World War Two suddenly booms: the Japanese are invading, and within a week Jean is a Prisoner-Of-War (POW). Grouped with other ‘foreign’ women and children, they are marched under guard from one town to always another far distant town, as war rages around them, Jean’s group and …

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