By Joan Foo Mahony

Leaving The Heart Behind is a work of historical fiction, spanning the years 1936 to 1975 and set in a time of empire, war and peace; a tale of two families and two cities: Tokyo and George Town. The book is an insightful and illuminating social commentary on the halcyon days and chaotic events of an important historical period. A compelling and inspiring family saga of love, passion and betrayal with a strong cast of riveting characters – the beautiful concert pianist, Kimiko Koyama; her twin brother, the charming roué Mako who is a reluctant photographer/spy; the sensitive and noble Colonel Toshio Ishikawa whose passion for Kimiko knows no bounds; the cinema magnate Win-Sun Lim; his cousin, the headstrong journalist and newspaper owner Harry Lim; the exotic, forthright, Eurasian beauty Mai De Silva; the brave English soldier Trevor Davies and the two contemporary catalysts for the story – Julia and Hana. They are all brilliantly and sensitively woven into this compelling and inspiring family saga.

Leaving the Heart Behind is a historical novel that gets to your heart. Starting off close to home, the deeply engaging story spans almost four decades of trials, tribulations and a whole lot of love in George Town, Singapore and Tokyo.
Anu Venugopal, Malay Mail, Kuala Lumpur
I was surprised to see how precisely Joan Foo Mahony studied old Japan in the 30s and how widely she was able to express all about the life style then, including university life at Waseda University and others. I was impressed as she was able to write as if she was actually there in those years. This is only my personal comment but I enjoyed the book as I am old man who knows the past and the present.
Takenori Ishikawa, Tokyo, Japan

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  • Author: Joan Foo Mahony
  • 1st Edition 2010
    Printed in Malaysia
  • Paperback, 276 pages
    15.5 × 23.5 × 2.0 cm
    0.3 kg
    ISBN: 978-967-0138-00-8
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