Published: 01/12/2012
ISBN: 9781780883342
Format: Paperback

"The Mind’s Garden is a real achievement for a debut novelist."
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My second novel, Holding the Threads is about my mother's side of my family. In 1904 my grandparents went to Peru to work as missionaries. Using their medical skills, their mission was to convert the ... read more

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The Mind's Garden
by Alison Jesson

Singapore. 1940. John Garrett, a young army doctor is impatient for the War to arrive in the Far East. He longs for the excitement of battle and a chance to prove his skills on the front line. He is not prepared for surrender or imprisonment. Based on a true story, The Mind’s Garden explores the intensity of wartime relationships and the urge to discover value, meaning and purpose when faced with adversity. It is not a typical POW narrative, but instead explores how men cope when their freedom is snatched from them.

The story also follows the lives of others, each of whom makes discoveries about themselves; Bea, a nurse with whom John forms his first mature relationship; Richard Henderson who has joined the army to escape a scandal; Roger Lester who sees the war as one big adventure and a chance to make his parents proud of him; Alan Rose, a bombardier, whose down to earth ideas have an impact on his fellow captives. And all the while, back in war-torn England, Min, John Garrett’s mother, has to find her own way of surviving the long years of separation.

Alison Jesson’s father was one of 400 men held in a propaganda camp in Korea which the Japanese set up in order to convince the west they were treating their prisoners well, and this novel has been based on his letters, diaries and experiences

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I am planning a launch of Holding the Threads on October 12th at Dorking Library. Proceeds from book sales are going to the Breast Cancer Care charity.

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