Under The Sun
It is the final weeks of World War Two and the Japanese forces are in retreat. Young Spitfire pilot, Edward Strickland is based in the South Pacific. His task is to search and destroy any remnants of the once mighty Imperial Army.
During a dawn patrol he is forced to ditch his aircraft near a remote island. Close to death he is hauled up onto the deck of a Japanese ship by the commander of a small Japanese company who have remained hidden on the island throughout the war. Although the Japanese commander treats the young pilot with appalling brutality Strickland refuses to be broken.
The battle of wills that follows brings the men together as brothers in arms. But there is little space for mutual understanding and friendship in war. A storm is gathering and Japan's sudden surrender severs the two men's relationship forever.
'Kerr-Smiley’s passionate tale should convince readers that remarkable, as well as horrific, things can happen in the midst of war.' Publishers Weekly
'A moving and original drama about the burgeoning friendship between an RAF flier and his Japanese captor that illuminates subtly the human face of war' Patrick Bishop, bestselling author of Bomber Boys
'The gripping and beautifully paced debut of an intriguing new talent' William Dalrymple