Gavan Daws

Gavan Daws is the author of the acclaimed PRISONERS OF THE JAPANESE, the untold story of the 140,000 military prisoners the Japanese army held captive during World War II in the Pacific.

Daws has spent half his life working in the United States and the other half in Australia. For fifteen years he headed historical research on the Pacific region at the Institute for Advanced Studies at the Australian National University. During that time he was elected to the Academy of Humanities in Australia and served on the UNESCO Commission on the Scientific and Cultural History of Humankind. Among his eight previous books is the bestselling history of Hawaii, SHOAL OF TIME. His documentary films have won awards around the world. He also writes for the stage.


Prisoners of the Japanese

"Overdue witness, eloquent and harrowing." - Kirkus Reviews

"Daws has done for the POW saga what SCHINDLER'S LIST and THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK did for the Holocaust." - Wall Street Journal

"Superb. A work of consummate historical scholarship. Devastating, heartbreaking." - BBC Radio World Service

Shoal of Time: A History of the Hawaiian Islands

"Singularly satisfying... told with style and a nice wit." - Publishers Weekly

"Daws tells Hawaii's sparkling story well." - New York Times Book Review

Bite the Hand

"Brilliant, searching, original, and lit by a coruscating wit... A work of startling invention and revelation."

Paul Theroux: "Fresh, funny, intelligent, allusive and beyond Stoppard in being enacted within a breathing and buoyant metaphor." - W.S. Merwin