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Pai Naa is a stunning memoir on surviving the Malayan Jungle during the Japanse occupation in WW2.
“I was determined to show the Chinese guerillas that the British could stand up to anything they could.” Nona Baker
By the time the British surrendered to the Japanese in February 1942 at the fall of Singapore, nearly all white civilians had left Malaya. One remarkable exception to the white flight was Nona Baker, ‘a parson’s youngest daughter’ from Dunstable, Bedfordshire.
Nona Baker and her brother, Vin, stayed behind in the Malayan jungle and were later adopted by Chinese guerillas (who, after World War Two, would become the Communist terrorists of the Malayan Emergency). Against all odds, this remarkable, brave young woman, known as Pai Naa (White Nona), remained in the jungle for three years, avoiding capture by the Japanese and betrayal by spies before being delivered safely into the care of war hero Freddie Spencer Chapman. With hair cut short Nona Baker worked alongside men while under constant threat of discovery and certain death, and with the men she suffered malaria, dysentery, beriberi, hunger and above all, fear.
Pai Naa will be released in October 2017.