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  • Published: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409000631
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 496

A Different Sky

A dazzling novel telling the history of Singapore through the moving stories of three families whose lives become intertwined.

Singapore - a trading post where different lives jostle and mix. It is 1927, and three young people are starting to question whether this inbetween island can ever truly be their home. Mei Lan comes from a famous Chinese dynasty but yearns to free herself from its stifling traditions; ten-year-old Howard seethes at the indignities heaped on his fellow Eurasians by the colonial British; Raj, fresh off the boat from India, wants only to work hard and become a successful businessman. As the years pass, and the Second World War sweeps through the east, with the Japanese occupying Singapore, the three are thrown together in unexpected ways, and tested to breaking point.

Richly evocative, A Different Sky paints a scintillating panorama of thirty tumultuous years in Singapore’s history through the passions and struggles of characters the reader will find it hard to forget.

  • Pub date: 1 July 2010
  • ISBN: 9781409000631
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 496

About the Author

Meira Chand

Meira Chand is a novelist born in London of Indian and Swiss descent. After living in both Japan and India, she currently resides in Singapore, and the majority of her novels are based in Japan or India. Her novels examine cultural conflict and the position of the existential outsider. From 2000 – 2002, she served as the chairperson for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for the South Pacific and South East Asia.

Praise for A Different Sky

“An exotic, challenging, and heartbreaking novel.”

Hong Ying, author of Daughter of the River

“this meticulously researched book is alive with engrossing detail, whether on the odour of Chinatown, the privations of a guerilla camp or the appalling rituals of foot binding.”

Mayi Jaggi, Guardian

“This exciting and well-written book describes the city as a meeting point between east and west. What a fascinating place!”

Waterstone's Book Quarterly

“This extraordinary book traces the island's story through to 1956 and independence ... I thoroughly recommend it”

Daily Mail

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