y A Town Like Alice single work   novel  
Issue Details: First known date: 1950 1950
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Adaptations

form y A Town Like Alice W. P. Lipscomb , Richard Mason , London : Rank Organisation , 1956 Z1220335 1956 single work film/TV

Set in Malaya during the Second World War, A Town Like Alice tells the story of Englishwoman Jean Paget. When Paget is captured by the advancing Japanese army, she joins a group of women and children who are forced to march from prison camp to prison camp because the Japanese had devised no plan to deal with them. She later meets up with an Australian digger, Joe Harman, who hails from Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. Although a prisoner of war, Joe is occasionally allowed outside his camp to help his guards, and subsequently helps the group with medicine and food, which he appropriates from the Japanese without their knowledge. When Joe is eventually caught and tried for stealing the commandant's chickens, he is sentenced to death. After being forced to watch him being tortured, Jean and the group are sent once more on the relentless march to nowhere. When their sole remaining guard later dies, they seek refuge in a village, where they remain until the war ends. Shortly before she returns to England, Jean finds out that Joe's execution was stayed and that he is still alive. She later travels to Alice Springs to find him. Joe, in the meantime, has travelled to England in pursuit of her. They eventually meet in the Alice Springs airport lounge and are finally able to express the emotion they feel for one another.

form y A Town Like Alice Nevil Shute's A Town Like Alice Tom Hegarty , Rosemary Anne Sisson , Australia : Seven Network Alice Productions , 1981 Z1743377 1981 series - publisher film/TV romance

Set during and immediately after World War II, A Town Like Alice is both a love story and a war story. It spans two decades and three continents. The story begins with the capture of a group of civilian women by the Japanese and follows the nightmare of their captivity in the jungles of Malaya. It is during this time that one of the women, Englishwoman Jean Paget, meets a cheerful and laconic Australian prisoner of war, Joe Harman, who hails from Alice Springs. When he is tortured for a simple act of kindness, she believes that he has died. Later, after the war has ended, she discovers that he didn't die, and sets out to find him in Australia. Meanwhile, he travels to England to find her. The two are eventually reunited in the rugged outback of Australia.

Source: Moran's Guide to Australian TV Series

Notes

  • Epigraph:

    How many loved your moments of glad grace,

    And loved your beauty with love false or true;

    But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,

    And loved the sorrows of your changing face.

    'When You Are Old', W. B. Yeats.

  • Condensed and translated for Reader's Digest, Mexico, in 1971.
  • Adapted for radio by the Australian Broadcasting Commission and broadcast in 13 parts from August 1951.
  • Other formats: Also braille and sound recording; large print

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Alternative title: Varasatvam
Language: Telugu
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      Heinemann , 1950 .
      Extent: 332p.
      Reprinted: 1956 , 1976 , 1983 , 1960 , 1967 , 1973 , 1985
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Heinemann , 1950 .
      Extent: 332p.
      Reprinted: 1950 , 1952 , 1951 , 1953 , 1992
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      William Morrow , 1950 .
      Alternative title: The Legacy
      Extent: 308p.
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      Ballantine Books , 1950 .
      Extent: 277p.
      Reprinted: 1963 , 1991 , 1981 , 1993 , 1976
      ISBN: 0345353749
    • London,
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      The Book Club , 1956 .
      Extent: 270p.
      • Publisher: Pan
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      Pan , 1961 .
      Extent: 314p.
      Reprinted: 1969 , 1981
    • Geneva,
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      Edito-Service , 1968 .
      Extent: xviii, 310 p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Distributed by Heron Books. Original illustrations by Geoffrey Plant.
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      Heron Books , 1970-1979 .
      Extent: 311p.
      Note/s:
      • Published by arrangement with William Heinemann. Original illustrations by Geoffrey Plant.
      • Introduced by William Buchan.
  • Appears in:
    y A Nevil Shute Omnibus Nevil Shute , London : Heinemann , 1973 Z1423366 1973 selected work novel London : Heinemann , 1973
  • Appears in:
    y A Town Like Alice ; Pied Piper ; The Far Country ; The Chequer Board ; No Highway Nevil Shute , London : Heinemann Octopus Publishing Group , 1976 Z1423345 1976 selected work novel London : Heinemann Octopus Publishing Group , 1976 pg. [7]-202
    • Leicester, Leicestershire,
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      Ulverscroft , 1976 .
      Extent: 605p.
      ISBN: 0854564101
    • London,
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      Mandarin , 1990 .
      Extent: 350p.
      ISBN: 0749304146
  • Appears in:
    y A Town Like Alice ; The Far Country ; On the Beach Nevil Shute , London : Peerage Books , 1991 Z1423359 1991 selected work novel London : Peerage Books , 1991
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      Reader's Digest , 1995 .
      Extent: 319p.
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      • Afterword by Lynne Johnson. Illustrations by Benjamin Russell Warner.
    • Mattituck, New York (State),
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      Amereon House , 1995 .
      Extent: 279p.
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      Amereon House , 1995 .
      Extent: 279p.
      ISBN: 0848808487, 9780848808488
    • London,
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      Arrow Books , 1997 .
      Extent: 350p.
      ISBN: 0749304146
    • Thirsk, Yorkshire,
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      House of Stratus , 2000 .
      Extent: 359p.
      ISBN: 1842323008
    • Dingley, Mentone - Seaford area, Melbourne South East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Redwood Editions , 2004 .
      Extent: 435p.
      ISBN: 1741211565
    • Marleston, West Torrens area, Adelaide - South West, Adelaide, South Australia,: Gecko Books , 2006 .
      Extent: 438p.
      ISBN: 0977511464
    • Marleston, West Torrens area, Adelaide - South West, Adelaide, South Australia,: Gecko Books , 2006 .
      Extent: 438p.
      ISBN: 0977511464

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— Appears in: Beyond Good And Evil? Essays on the Literature and Culture of the Asia-Pacific Region 2005; (p. 53-64)
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`A Town Like Alice' : Alice Springs as Ideal Community 1945-1965 Jim Davidson , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Winter vol. 53 no. 2 1994; (p. 337-344)
Nevil Shute - Exile by Choice Jack W. Bennett , 1988 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: A Sense of Exile : Essays in the Literature of the Asia-Pacific Region 1988; (p. 81-87)
British by birth, Australian by write Jane Sullivan , 2001 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 11 March 2001; (p. 10)
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— Appears in: Ozwords , June vol. 9 no. 1 2002; (p. 6)
Last amended 26 Sep 2016 15:27:06
Settings:
  • Alice Springs, Southern Northern Territory, Northern Territory,
  • Malaya, Southeast Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
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    Japan,
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    East Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
  • 1940s
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