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912 Batu Road

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ABOUT
THE BOOK

War brought them together, a secret love tore them apart… The Iyers’ and the Tans’ tranquil lives are shattered with the Japanese invasion of Malaya, and an unthinkable betrayal forces both families into a treacherous game of resistance and survival. Juxtaposed against this wartime saga of two Malayan families is a modern-day forbidden love story between their descendants. As the third generation navigates work, love and relationships, their secret affair challenges traditional Brahmin beliefs and threatens to destroy an age old friendship. Can past betrayals be forgiven and will the new generation find the strength to move beyond their families’ long-buried pain? Viji Krishnamoorthy’s sweeping debut novel deftly weaves together vibrant fiction and meticulous research on the heroic exploits of Malayan wartime heroes – Sybil Kathigasu, Gurchan Singh and many others – who fearlessly fought for their beloved country.

 

 

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Viji
Krishnamoorthy

Viji Krishnamoorthy was born in Ipoh, Perak to a Tamil father and Hokkien Chinese mother. She spent her early school years in Kuala Lumpur and then in Madras (as it was then known). She completed her tertiary education in the UK. She previously worked as a freelance writer for several magazines. The author is happily married with two children and lives in Kuala Lumpur, but enjoys spending time in London.

Her debut novel 912 Batu Road was published in 2021.

Viji Krishnamoorthy was born in Ipoh, Perak to a Tamil father and Hokkien Chinese mother. She spent her early school years in Kuala Lumpur and then in Madras (as it was then known). She completed her tertiary education in the UK. She previously worked as a freelance writer for several magazines. The author is happily married with two children and lives in Kuala Lumpur, but enjoys spending time in London.

Her debut novel 912 Batu Road was published in 2021.

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NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

This novel was chosen for its interesting history and patriotisms of Malaysia and Malaysians. It displays how Malaysia is a harmonious country that embrace multiracial aspects. –  National Library of Malaysia

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
21/07/2021
Country
Malaysia
Original Language
English
Publisher
Clarity Publishing

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