Author Talk: Heather Morris ‘Sisters Under the Rising Sun’

Sisters Under the Rising Sun is the new novel from internationally best-selling author Heather Morris.

About the Event

In the midst of WWII, an English musician, Norah Chambers, places her eight-year-old daughter Sally on a ship leaving Singapore, desperate to keep her safe as the island falls to the Japanese Army.

Australian nurse Nesta James has enlisted to tend to Allied troops. But as Japanese troops overrun the island she joins the terrified cargo of people, including the heartbroken Norah, crammed aboard the Vyner Brooke merchant ship. Only two days later, they are bombarded from the air off the coast of Indonesia, and in a matter of hours, the Vyner Brooke has sunk.

After surviving 24 hours in the sea, Nesta and Norah reach the beaches of a remote island, only to be captured and held in one of the notorious Japanese POW camps.

This powerful work is based on a true story and is about bravery, sisterhood, and friendship that endures the most difficult circumstances.

Interviewer Claire Halliday, will be chatting with the popular author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Cilka’s Journey and Three Sisters. Grab a tea or coffee and some biscuits and enjoy the conversation.

Book Sales and Signings

You can purchase a copy of the book from local independent book shop Reader’s Emporium on the night and get it signed.

About the Author

Born in New Zealand, Heather Morris is an international number one bestselling author, who is passionate about stories of survival, resilience and hope. In 2003, while working in a large public hospital in Melbourne, Heather was introduced to an elderly gentleman who ‘might just have a story worth telling’. The day she met Lale Sokolov changed both their lives. Lale’s story formed the basis for The Tattooist of Auschwitz and the follow-up novel, Cilka’s Journey. In 2021 she published the phenomenal conclusion to the Tattooist trilogy, Three Sisters, after being asked to tell the story of three Holocaust survivors who knew Lale from their time in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Together, her novels have sold more than 16 million copies worldwide. In 2020 she published Stories of Hope, her account of her journey to writing the story of Lale Sokolov’s life.

Claire Halliday is a freelance writer and journalist whose work has appeared regularly in Australian newspapers and magazines for over a decade. She is the author of five non-fiction books including Things My Mother Taught Me and Things My Father Taught Me which feature interviews with Australian identities exploring the impact of nature and nurture. Claire is a copy writer, ghost writer and podcaster, and is currently at work on two books.


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