The Railway Man

by Eric Lomax

Random House UK | February 18, 2014 | Trade Paperback

The Railway Man is rated 4.82352941176471 out of 5 by 17.

  A 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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 7.8 × 5 × 0.8 in

Published: February 18, 2014

Publisher: Random House UK

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0099583844

ISBN - 13: 9780099583844

Found in: Biography and Memoir

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Review of The Railway Man. This is a remarkable narrative of a man who not only loved trains but showed the reader how it really was during those days of war - what happened to those men whose lives were treated as though they had no value, but who were of greatest value in their sacrifice.
Date published: 2015-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The railwayman As ex railwayman and historian fantastic much better than the film The ending was far better than film presentation Thank you
Date published: 2015-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Railway Man Lomax was able to transport us to places in his story while at the same time enabling us to feel the emotions he had and to experience his experiences. having seen the film first I was not at all disappointed as I found the book was a lot more detailed and filled in many areas missing from the film. The Railway Man is a book well worth reading and a good experience for me. I am pleased I purchased this book as I am sure it is one I will want to read again. It was easy to read telling of some of the horrors that many must have felt at that time. I recommend its reading. Lomax does not appear to have exaggerated his story but managed to convey the horrors of his imprisonment without gruesome detail.
Date published: 2015-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The railway man An amazing and compelling account of a victim of torture during a time of imprisonment in Japan. A testament to the power of forgiveness. Glimpse into affects of post traumatic stress and the need for forgiveness.
Date published: 2014-11-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The railway man A insight to some of the horrible suffering during the war.
Date published: 2014-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Railway Man Fantastic story read this book in less than a week. Keeps you on your toes.
Date published: 2014-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazingly powerful A moving account of a terrible time and the incredible power of human forgiveness.
Date published: 2014-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The railway man A very moving descriptive recall on an horrendous unimaginable time in someone's life. But through the horror, peace was found. Read learn and remember present day leaders.
Date published: 2014-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Railway Man Hatred and torture suffering and then forgiveness is brave emotional courage .
Date published: 2014-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Railway Man Not my usual read but I throughly enjoyed it the history was great
Date published: 2014-02-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Railway Man This is not a new book. I read it a decade ago and have never forgotten it. It's non-fiction and reveals a number of uncomfortable truths about the way the Japanese waged war. Like so many soldiers, Lomax came back from the war as a psychological wreck. His marriage suffered. His work suffered. I don't want to reveal what he did subsequently other than to say it was memorable.
Date published: 2014-01-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Railway Man There is always two sides to a story and here we get an opportunity to begin to understand the power of coercion by leaders who force underlings to treat people so inhumanely. Do as you are told or be killed. It is always a wonder of humanity that man can survive against enormous odds.
Date published: 2014-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Railway Man Loved Lomax's style. His matter-of-fact reflection and opinion on his dramatic life never fails to make you want to turn the page. Well written and a fascinating insight into events in a period of history I previously knew little about. I even enjoyed the start of the book describing his love of railway life, which set the scene very well. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending this novel and look forward to watching the newly released film - Colin firth seems the ideal man to play the part of Lomax!
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Railway Man An absolute 5 Star read. I was deeply moved and challenged by this book (if anyone has a valid reason to be unforgiving it would be Eric Lomax)... I thoroughly enjoyed reading this Book and now look forward to viewing the movie which is currently doing the circuits.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Railway Man A truly remarkable and humbling book. Captures the feelings of pre war Britain followed by the harrowing survival in such appalling conditions, the fear of torture and death keeping you on edge from page to page. So hard to imagine, in the comforts of this modern day, how any young man could survive it. Then the attempts to come to terms with it all and the final confrontation with the fellow human being who had also endured much in such a different yet similar way...
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Railway Man A moving story that I found to be a real page turner. They say every one has a story to tell. Eric Lomax's story must surely rate at the top of the list.
Date published: 2013-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eric Lomax a true survivor A great story of forgiveness and good men. Eric Lomax was a true insperation to me and many others has he has taught me that "sometimes the hating has to stop" in order for us to simply move on with our lives.
Date published: 2013-12-11

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The Railway Man

The Railway Man

by Eric Lomax

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 7.8 × 5 × 0.8 in

Published: February 18, 2014

Publisher: Random House UK

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0099583844

ISBN - 13: 9780099583844

From the Publisher

  A 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.

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.