• The Railway Man See large image

    The Railway Man (Paperback) By (author) Eric Lomax

    $10.96 - Save $3.56 24% off - RRP $14.52 Free delivery worldwide Available
    Dispatched in 1 business day
    When will my order arrive?
    Add to basket | Add to wishlist |

    DescriptionA naive young man, a railway enthusiast and radio buff, was caught up in the fall of the British Empire at Singapore in 1942. He was put to work on the 'Railway of Death' - the Japanese line from Thailand to Burma. Exhaustively and brutally tortured by the Japanese for making a crude radio, Lomax was emotionally ruined by his experiences. Almost 50 years after the war, however, his life was changed by the discovery that his interrogator, the Japanese interpreter, was still alive - their reconciliation is the culmination of this extraordinary story.


Other books

Other people who viewed this bought | Other books in this category
Showing items 1 to 10 of 10

 

Reviews | Bibliographic data
  • Full bibliographic data for The Railway Man

    Title
    The Railway Man
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Eric Lomax
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 128 mm
    Height: 196 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 200 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780099582311
    ISBN 10: 0099582317
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: HBWQ
    BIC E4L: WAR
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2A
    BIC subject category V2: BGHA
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11600
    BIC subject category V2: HBJF, JWXR
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1FM
    Libri: B-344, B-004, B-961
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: HIS010000
    DC20: 940.547252092
    BISAC V2.8: BIO000000
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: 1FM
    Thema V1.0: NHWR7, NHWL, NHF, DNBH1, JWXR
    Illustrations note
    map
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    VINTAGE
    Publication date
    03 January 1998
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    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. Eric Lomax died in October 2012.
    Review quote
    "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
    Review text
    For reasons I don't understand myself, I've always been drawn towards books about both world wars and especially accounts of experiences in prison camps. There is something about the nature of being imprisoned in such circumstances - I'm equally addicted to all the hostage stories - which fascinates as well as horrifies me. It's not the details of any brutality or physical suffering which I find compelling but the mental and emotional reactions of the prisoners - how do they survive? And do they survive in any real sense? This book addresses both questions and answers them more completely than any I have ever read. It is most eloquently written - smooth, clear, with the anger which fuels it controlled to such a remarkable degree that it is mistaken at first for detachment. But Eric Lomax is not detached from the horrors inflicted upon him. Instead, he has absorbed them, at last, after for so long being ruinously absorbed by them. A staggeringly compelling and moving book. Review by author MARGARET FORSTER Editor's note: Margaret Forster is the author of many books, including The Memory Box. (Kirkus UK)