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    DescriptionIn 1941, after graduating from the University of Sydney, Russell Braddon enlisted in the Australian army. Together with thousands of other young Australian soldiers, he was sent to Malaya, where Allied forces were attempting to halt the territorial expansion of the Japanese. Although much vaunted as an impregnable fortress, Singapore proved instead to be a deadly trap, and Braddon spent almost four years as a prisoner of war after the city fell to the Japanese. This is not only the harrowing record of the years he spent struggling for survival in the notorious Pudu Gaol, in Changi, and in the tragic H Force on the Thai-Burma railway, but also of the equally brutal treatment of the native populations by the Japanese and the hollowness of the Greater Asian Co-prosperity Sphere they promised. Braddon emerged from Changi on swollen legs and ulcerated feet, from calls with desperate illnesses such as beri-beri and other starvation diseases, malaria and dysentery. Intelligent, tough, resourceful and tough in body and spirit, he was determined to surmount his ordeal. He even sharpened his mind by memorising the sole available book Mein Kampf! The Naked Island vividly portrays battle and prison life as experienced in the ranks. It is a tale of heroism, horror, squalor, starvation and disease endured with fortitude, ironic humour and extraordinary ingenuity.


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    Title
    The Naked Island
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Russell Braddon
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 194 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 322 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781843410201
    ISBN 10: 1843410206
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21600
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    BIC subject category V2: BG, HBWQ
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF, JWXR
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1940
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET026
    Ingram Theme: CULT/AUSTRL
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100
    Ingram Theme: CULT/JAPANS
    BISAC V2.8: HIS021000, BIO006000
    DC22: 940.547252092
    BISAC V2.8: BIO008000
    Edition
    2, Revised
    Edition statement
    2nd Revised edition
    Publisher
    Birlinn General
    Imprint name
    BIRLINN LTD
    Publication date
    17 March 2005
    Publication City/Country
    Edinburgh
    Author Information
    Russell Braddon was born in Sydney in 1921 and educated at the university there. In addition to The Naked Island, he also wrote a number of biographies (his acclaimed book on Joan Sutherland was published in 1962), novels, histories and TV scripts. He lived in Britain from 1949 until 1993, and died in New South Wales in 1995.