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The White Pearl

By Kate Furnivall

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Set against the attack on Pearl Harbour, the breathtakingly epic new novel from the bestselling author of The Russian Concubine

Malaya, 1941. As the glamorous wife of a plantation owner, Connie Hadley appears to lead a pampered and comfortable life. But she is hiding devastating secrets that could destroy her marriage.

Life is changed for ever on the day of the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor. As Japanese Zero aircraft attack the town of Palur, Connie takes the decision to flee to Singapore on the family's boat, The White Pearl. She sails with her husband and son, three friends and the enigmatic boat dealer Fitzpayne, who is the only one who can navigate the islands of the South China Sea.

In desperation, short of food and constantly in danger, fear strips away good manners; tensions arise on the yacht and anger causes deadly divisions between friends . . .

Biographical Notes

Kate Furnivall was born in Wales and studied English at London University. She worked in publishing and then moved to TV advertising, where she met her husband.

In 2000, Kate decided to write her mother's extraordinary story of growing up in Russia, China and India, and this became The Russian Concubine, which was a New York Times bestseller. All her books since then have had an exotic setting and Kate has travelled widely for her research. She now has two sons and lives with her husband in a cottage by the sea in Devon.

Visit Kate's website at www.katefurnivall.com

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  • ISBN: 9780751543360
  • Publication date: 16 Feb 2012
  • Page count: 448
  • Imprint: Sphere
Exhilarating . . . An engrossing read — Publishers Weekly
The White Pearl has all the ingredients of the best kinds of holiday reads - grand adventure, drama, romance . . . The setting is sweeping, the story big, and the description vivid — Courier Mail
A wonderfully evocative tale — Sun
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