Sisters under the Rising Sun (Paperback, 400 pg) Heather Morris

Disease, Starvation and Unchecked Cruelty. A novel of sisterhood, bravery and friendship in the darkest of circumstances. Sisters Under the Rising Sun concerns an aspect of WWII with which fewer of us are likely to be familiar, but it packs a punch just as powerful as the authors previous novels and delivers a tale every bit as affecting. Driven by compelling and memorable characters, and depicting as much joy and optimism as it does atrocity and hardship, Sisters Under the Rising Sun distils an uplifting and thought-provoking story from a part of the war that is owed more popular attention. Read more below.

Heather Morris


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The phenomenal new novel, based on a true story, from the international bestselling author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz.

1942. Singapore is falling to the Japanese Army. English musician Norah Chambers places her eight-year-old daughter Sally on a ship leaving Singapore, desperate to keep her safe. As the island burns, Australian nurse Nesta James joins the terrified cargo of people, including the heartbroken Norah, crammed aboard the HMS Vyner Brooke. After only two days at sea, the ship is bombarded and sunk.

Nesta and Norah reach the beaches of Indonesia only to be captured and held in one of the notorious Japanese POW camps, places of starvation and brutality. But even here joy can be found, in music, where Norah’s ‘voice orchestra’ transports the internees from squalor into light. The friendships they build with the dozens of other women in the camps will give them the hope, strength and camaraderie they need in order to stay alive.

Based on true events, Sisters under the Rising Sun tells the astonishing story of women in war: a novel of sisterhood, bravery and resilience in the darkest of circumstances, from the multimillion-copy bestselling author of The Tattooist of AuschwitzCilka’s Journey and Three Sisters.