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The Railway Man

by Eric Lomax

Random House UK | February 18, 2014 | Trade Paperback

The Railway Man is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.

  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, 7.78 × 5.12 × 0.81 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 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

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The Railway Man

The Railway Man

by Eric Lomax

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 336 pages, 7.78 × 5.12 × 0.81 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.