A Different Sky
Singapore, 1927. Three young people are starting to question whether this in-between island can ever truly be their home. Mei Lan comes from a famous Chinese dynasty but yearns to free herself from its stifling traditions; 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.
‘Alive with engrossing detail… a panoramic page-turner’
‘An exotic, challenging, and heartbreaking novel’
– Hong Ying, author of Daughter of the River
‘This extraordinary book traces the island’s story through to 1956 and independence… I thoroughly recommend it’
– Daily Mail
‘Chand weaves gripping adventure, magnificent romance and well-informed history into the sort of book it’s difficult to put down and impossible to read if you want a good night’s sleep’
– Historical Novel Review