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At the Foot of the Cherry Tree
Released the same day as the standard print edition
At the Foot of the Cherry Tree
Written by:
Alli Parker 
Read by:
Kaori Madea-JudgeTakaya Honda 
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
10 hours 11 minutes 
August 02 2023 
Available Date:
August 02 2023 
Age Category:
Fiction; Australian Fiction; Contemporary Fiction; Romance 
Bolinda/HarperCollins audio 
Bolinda price
AUD$ 49.95
AUD$ 49.95

Australian author
Debut author
Better Reading Top 100 - 2024

Longlisted Indie Book Awards / Fiction 2024
Shortlisted Australian Book Industry Award / Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year 2024

A stirring story of love and hope based on the incredible true story of Australia's first Japanese war bride and a love that changed a nation forever.

Gordon Parker is just an eager 18-year-old Australian boy desperate to fight for his country, and Nobuko 'Cherry' Sakuramoto is a 16-year-old girl struggling to survive in Japan in the aftermath of World War II. But when they fall in love, they change the course of history. When Gordon arrived in Japan, he expected ruthless samurai, angry Japanese men ready to kill Australians at every corner. Instead, he found Cherry, terrified of ex-enemy soldiers, a 16-year-old survivor of the atomic bomb. Against all the rules and against all odds, they fall in love. But when Gordon discovers the White Australia Policy prevents Cherry coming home with him as his war bride, Gordon does what any 20-year-old soldier would do. He vows to fight. Leaving Cherry alone and pregnant in post-war Japan, Gordon somehow has to convince his family to accept his marriage and wage a desperate campaign against a xenophobic and war-scarred government to allow his wife and his family to come home.

'An impressive debut novel … a standout … beautifully done. At the Foot of the Cherry Tree delivers both educational value and emotional impact. The connection to real-life individuals adds a wonderful dimension to the novel, reminding readers of the genuine struggles faced by these brave and resilient Australians.'