A Gentle Occupation

A Gentle Occupation (1980)

First Published: Chatto & Windus
Published: Bloomsbury, 2012
ISBN: 0-7011-2505-5

Dirk’s first novel, based on his wartime experiences in the Far East, is set on an island off Java, in the uneasy aftermath of hostilities. There, a group of ordinary civilised people face the legacy of hatred and corruption left by Japanese occupation. With sudden and violent death ever present, they seize their moments of happiness and try above all else to stay alive until the opportunity for release arrives.

‘Wonderful… Dirk Bogarde shines in his dialogue and characterization’

The New Statesman