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Rosemary’s Book of the Week | 23 August

A Week in September  | Peter Rees & Sue Langford
 

Doug Heywood was a teenager when he discovered, in a shoebox hidden in a wardrobe, hundreds of letters, all written by his father, Scott Heywood. As a POW on the infamous Burma Railway, Scott wrote almost daily to his young wife, Margery, on scraps of paper that had to be hidden from guards.

These letters tell of an enduring love – and also, intriguingly, of how Scott dealt with the most brutally testing circumstances.

This is an untold story of one man, one ordinary man, and his war. Woven through it is Margery’s story, as she waited anxiously with their two young children in rural Victoria, trapped in an emotional rollercoaster, unaware that he was writing letters to her that could not be posted.

This is a powerful and moving story of love, resilience and survival…

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