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The Jacaranda Tree

First Published in 1949 by Michael Joseph Limited.

Bates's acclaimed novel of Burma. During World War II, a small English community are forced to flee when Japanese forces invade Burma. Paterson, the manager of a rice-mill, organises the evacuation and takes with him his Burmese mistress and her young brother. The rest of the party take along their prejudices, their pettiness and their squabbles, and a small enclave of English insularity moves north through Burma.

Inevitably, as the journey continues, bitterness, tension and insoluble conflict unfold... Inspired by Bates' period of service in the Eastern theatre of war, The Jacaranda Tree skillfully evokes the atmosphere of Burma during the chaos of invasion.

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