A few months ago fourteen-year-old Ali Banana was apprenticed to a whip-wielding blacksmith in his rural hometown.
Now its winter 1944, the war is entering its most crucial stage and Ali is a private in Thunder Brigade.
His unit has been given orders to go behind enemy lines and wreak havoc.
But the Burmese jungle is a mud-riven, treacherous place, riddled with Japanese snipers, insanity and disease. "Burma Boy" is a horrific, vividly realised account of the madness, the sacrifice and the dark humour of the Second World War's most vicious battleground.
It's also the moving story of a boy trying to live long enough to become a man.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 05/06/2008
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099488989