The number one bestseller behind the major film starring Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman and Jeremy Irvine
During the Second World War Eric Lomax was forced to work on the notorious Burma-Siam Railway and was tortured by the Japanese for making a crude radio.
Left emotionally scarred and unable to form normal relationships, Lomax suffered for years until, with the help of his wife, Patti Lomax, and of the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, he came terms with what happened. Fifty years after the terrible events, he was able to meet one of his tormentors.
The Railway Man is a story of innocence betrayed, and of survival and courage in the face of horror.
About the Author
Eric Lomax was born in 1919. During the Second World War he was captured and tortured by the Japanese Army and forced to work on the notorious Burma-Siam railway. He met and forgave his torturer in 1995. He died in October 2012.
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Fantastic reading and the delivery was extremely fast to get to me. I am glad I read the book prior to seeing the movie. I associated myself with the characters and like many diggers, 'they will forgive but never forget.' A book that opened my eyes that was a true story being a factual account.
Found the book very interesting because my father-in-law (now deceased) was a POW on the Burma-Siam railway. He was an engineer in the British Colonial Service in the 1930s and 1940s. Some of the beatings, etc which Eric Lomax experienced would have been experienced by him. His pregnant wife with his 1 year old daughter (my wife) escaped to Perth in Australia just before Singapore fell. He suffered greatly from his experiences so that the trauma which Lomax experienced was very familiar to members of his family.
"What a great book. What a great man" -- Harry Ritchie Daily Mail "Forget the grueling films, just read the brilliant books" Independent "This beautiful, awkward book tells the story of a fine and awkward man. Here, I think, is an account that rises above mere timeliness and comes near to being a classic of autobiography" -- Ian Jack Guardian "When I turned to the book, the complexity of Lomax's emotions came alive and burned off the page" Independent "Of all the billions of words that have been written about the Second World War, with the exception of Churchill's Nobel Prize winning history, it is not an exaggeration to say there is no account of it more worth reading that this. Wistfully romantic, historically important, startling, horrifying and ultimately electrifyingly uplifting, The Railway Man is as indispensable as any book can be." -- Tom Peck Independent
Series: Vintage War
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 2nd January 2014
Publisher: Random House
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 13.2 x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.24