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Way of a Boy

A Memoir Of Java

by (author) Ernest Hillen

foreword by Charlotte Gray

Penguin Group Canada
Initial publish date
May 2008
Military, World War II, Personal Memoirs
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    Publish Date
    Aug 1993
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2008
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On a sunny day in 1942, Ernest Hillen’s peaceful and comfortable childhood on a tea plantation in Java came to an abrupt end—forever altered by the Japanese invasion of Indonesia. Forcibly removed from their homes and separated from their relatives and friends, the Dutch colonists in Java were interned in Japanese prison camps where filth, disease, starvation, overcrowding, and brutality soon became a way of life. For 3½ years, Ernest lived the life of a prisoner of war. Told through the eyes of a 7-year-old child, The Way of a Boy is the moving account of the struggle of civilian POWs to endure, with dignity, humour, and courage, the humiliating and debilitating conditions of war.

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Charlotte Gray is one of Canada’s best-known writers, and author of ten acclaimed books of literary non-fiction. Gray’s most recent bestseller is The Promise of Canada: People And Ideas That Have Shaped Our Country. Her previous book,  The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and The Trial that Shocked a Country, was also a bestseller and won the Toronto Book Award, the Heritage Toronto Book Award, the Canadian Authors Association Lela Common Award for Canadian History and the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Nonfiction Crime Book. It was shortlisted for the RBC Taylor Prize, the Ottawa Book Award for Non-Fiction and the Evergreen Award and was long-listed for the B.C. National Book Award for Non-Fiction. An adaptation of her bestseller Gold Diggers, Striking It Rich in the Klondike was broadcast as a television miniseries in early 2014 on the US Discovery Channel, under the title Klondike.

An Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of History at Carleton University, Charlotte is the Recipient of the Pierre Berton Award for distinguished achievement in popularizing Canadian history. She has chaired the boards of both Canada’s National History Society and the Art Canada Institute, has served on the boards of PEN Canada and the Ottawa International Writers Festival. She has frequently served on Writers Trust committees, as well as being a juror for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the RBC Taylor Prize, the City of Ottawa Book Prize, several CBC awards and the Kobzar Literary Award. Charlotte is a member of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

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