The Taste Of Longing: Ethel Mulvany And Her Starving Prisoners Of War Cookbook

September 21, 2020|
The Taste Of Longing: Ethel Mulvany And Her Starving Prisoners Of War Cookbook by Suzanne Evans
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Half a world away from her home in Manitoulin Island, Ethel Mulvany is starving in Singapore’s infamous Changi Prison, along with hundreds of other women jailed there as POWs during the Second World War. They beat back pangs of hunger by playing decadent games of make-believe and writing down recipes filled with cream, raisins, chocolate, butter, cinnamon, ripe fruit the unattainable ingredients of peacetime, of home, of memory.

In this novelistic, immersive biography, Suzanne Evans presents a truly individual account of WWII through the eyes of Ethel mercurial, enterprising, combative, stubborn, and wholly herself. The Taste of Longing follows Ethel through the fall of Singapore in 1942, the years of her internment, and beyond. As a prisoner, she devours dog biscuits and book spines, befriends spiders and smugglers, and endures torture and solitary confinement. As a free woman back in Canada, she fights to build a life for herself in the midst of trauma and burgeoning mental illness.

Woven with vintage recipes and transcribed tape recordings, the story of Ethel and her fantastical POW Cookbook is a testament to the often-overlooked strength of women in wartime. It’s a story of the unbreakable power of imagination, generosity, and pure heart.

Dr. Suzanne Evans holds a PhD in Religious Studies. After working, studying, and living in China, Indonesia, India, and Vietnam, she now lives and writes in Ottawa. She is the author of Mothers of Heroes, Mothers of Martyrs: World War I and the Politics of Grief. Her writing, which has appeared in academic and literary journals, newsp...
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Title:The Taste Of Longing: Ethel Mulvany And Her Starving Prisoners Of War Cookbook
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:306 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.75 in
Shipping dimensions:306 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.75 in
Published:September 21, 2020
Publisher:Between the Lines
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781771134897

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