A Town Like Alice - SHUTE NevilPa, 1961, Paperback ..
After the conquest of Malaya in 1942 the Japanese invaded Sumatra and quickly took the island. Eighty woman and children were collected in the vicinity of Padang. The local Japanese commander was reluctant to assume responsibility for these woman and so marched them out of his area, and on a trek that lasted two and a half years, at the end of that journey less than thirty of them were still alive.
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