Much has been written about the male side of captivity under the Japanese during the Second World War. But how did women fare? Daphne Jackson had gone to what was then Java, in the Dutch East Indies, to escape the gloom of recession in 1920s England and to enjoy life in the sun as secretary to the head of a large tea and rubber plantation. In about a year’s time, they married, had three daughters, and a happy life until the war came, bringing disaster. In this memoir, she describes the tragedy of Japanese invasion, separation from her family and imprisonment, and gives us a lucid account of the harrowing years of life at subsistence level – for those fortunate enough to survive.