Lotus-Eating Days

Lotus-Eating Days

By Caroline Repton

Format: Hardback

Publication Date: Feb. 28, 2022


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Categories: History, Politics and Society, Biography

ISBN: 9781914471100


Christopher is the eldest of seven in a middle-class English family.

Theresa is the thirteenth child of Chinese immigrants in the British colony of Singapore.

This is the story of how they met after the war, having grown up on opposite sides of the world.

Despite vastly different backgrounds, they shared a common bond, having both survived the Second World War in Asia – Christopher as a prisoner on the Burma-Siam railway, Theresa a young woman working in Japanese-occupied Singapore. 

Real-life characters, from sardonic ex-POWs to affectionate siblings and cousins in the armed forces, eccentric spinster aunts, hilarious ex-girlfriends and ebullient colonial types leap off the page as they tell the story in their own words, collected in this memoir through letters and diaries dating from the 1930s to 1959, interspersed with Theresa’s tape-recordings about her life made in 2000.

Caroline Repton was born in Singapore and attended boarding schools in England. After gaining a BA degree in French and German at Exeter University, she completed a postgraduate diploma in International Journalism at City, University of London. She began her career in journalism as editorial assistant at the London bureau of Japanese financial daily Nihon Keizai Shimbun, progressing through various media organisations including Visnews, Channel 4, AFP and as a subeditor at Thomson Financial (formerly AFX) News. From 2010, she worked part-time for a charity/special school for autism while caring for her mother and two daughters in London. Having retired, Caroline now lives in west Dorset with her partner.


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