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The Storm We Made

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4th January 2024

Price: £16.99

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Selected: Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781399712576

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Difficult to put down once started. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This is not a book to be missed. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
An absolutely exceptional book that will never leave me.⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Her decision changed history.
Now her family must survive it.

British Malaya, 1930s
Discontented housewife Cecily is seduced by Japanese general Fujiwara and the glorious future he is promising for ‘independent’ Malaya, free from British colonialism. As she becomes further embedded as his own personal spy, she unwittingly alters the fate of her country by welcoming in a punishing form of dictatorship under the Japanese in WWII.

Japanese-occupied Malaya, 1945
Cecily and her family are barely surviving. Her children, Jujube, Abel and Jasmin, are surrounded by threat, and look to their mother to keep them safe. But she can’t tell them about the part she played in the war – and she doesn’t know how to protect them.
Can Cecily face up to her past to save her children? Or is it already too late… ?

I’ll never forget this book‘ Jessamine Chan
‘One of the most powerful debuts I’ve ever read. A storytelling star is born‘ Tracy Chevalier
‘Exceptionally brave, heart-breaking, beautiful, and moving. A significant contribution to world’s literature’ Nguyen Phan Que Mai
A gripping, exquisitely plotted novel. I could not put it down!‘ Alice Winn, author of Sunday Times bestseller In Memoriam
‘A striking, moving exploration of good and evil, it is a novel that will stay with you.’ Cecile Pin, author of Wandering Souls


Alice Winn, author of Sunday Times bestseller In Memoriam
Chan has written a horrific, gripping, exquisitely plotted novel. I could not put it down!
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
The Storm We Made is an excellent examination of the way individuals get caught in the violence of history . . . a frank book that revels in moral complexity. Lovers of Eileen Chang will especially appreciate Vanessa Chan.
Jessica George
Devastatingly beautiful and extraordinary . . . Vanessa shines an evocative light on this piece of history. I'm going to be thinking about this one for a very long time
Jessamine Chan
In Vanessa Chan's spellbinding debut, one woman's desire to change her destiny shapes the future of a colonized nation. Combining cinematic grandeur with nuanced storytelling, The Storm We Made offers the hidden history that only fiction can reveal: the everyday yearnings of people surviving a brutal occupation, children trying to make sense of the unspeakable, and the search for love. I'll never forget this book.
Mira Jacob
A phenomenon unto itself. This is no mere debut, but rather the summoning of a story buried so deeply in a nation that it could only surface with a talent great enough to do it justice.
Dawnie Walton
Like the most dazzling historical fiction, The Storm We Made etches intimate details on an epic canvas. Vanessa Chan's characters face agonizing choices under the darkness of colonization and war, and yet she imbues them with an indelible spirit of resistance that never lets you forget the light. A fearless, gripping, morally complex story by a writer to watch.
Tracy Chevalier
Brave and immensely moving, The Storm We Made is one of the most powerful and confident debuts I've ever read. A storytelling star is born
Nguyen Phan Que Mai
Exceptionally brave, heart-breaking, beautiful, and moving. Destined to be a classic. The Storm We Made is a celebration of stories that have been silenced or erased. Vanessa Chan writes with admirable power, confidence and grace. By confronting the horror of colonisation and wars, this book opens the pathway to peace and healing. A significant contribution to world's literature
Cecile Pin
A striking, moving exploration of good and evil and the devastating repercussions one's actions can have, it is a novel that will stay with you
Melissa Fu
With assured prose, impeccable story-telling, and vibrant characters, The Storm We Made heralds an exceptional, exciting new voice. Vanessa Chan's textured, visceral writing brings 1930s-40s Malaya to life during the British and Japanese occupations, as the waves of small actions ripple out with unexpected and often tragic consequences. Bravo to this immense talent!
Qian Julie Wang, author of New York Times bestseller, Beautiful Country
There are so many rich layers to this book-my breath caught at the beauty of the words and the kaleidoscope of images they painted. Vanessa Chan has written a masterpiece, and The Storm We Made has not only changed my perspective on war and humanity; it has also transformed my sense of what truly great novels can do.
Chris Whitaker
Magnificent. A beautiful, scintillating, devastating and deeply moving marvel of storytelling. I implore you to read it.
A chilling exploration of the costs of human weakness and desire, in a compelling and vividly wrought historical context
Publishers Weekly
Dynamic . . . Chan convincingly portrays a family caught in the horrors of war
Zoe West, Woman & Home editor
. . . this got me out of my reading slump . . . heart-breaking but compelling and perfectly paced novel
The Bookseller
A cinematic historical fiction crafted with care from her grandparent's experiences . . . The kind of immersive fiction that teaches you more than any history lesson could
Zoe Ball, Radio 2 Book Club
Powerful . . . [told] so brilliantly that I could not put it down... I absolutely loved [this] book
Radio 4 Woman’s Hour
Absolutely brilliant
Sunday Times
Exceptionally compelling
Good Housekeeping
Unforgettable . . . Everything you want from historical fiction
Woman & Home
Will keep you gripped