The Railway Man

The Railway Man

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By (author) Eric Lomax

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 336 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 24mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 31 January 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099583844
  • ISBN 13: 9780099583844
  • Illustrations note: maps (black and white)
  • Sales rank: 1,568

Product description

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.

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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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"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

Editorial reviews

A profound and beautifully written story...one of the most moving accounts to have come out of the Second World War