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The Railway Man by Eric Lomax
  

The Railway Man

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One of the most moving memoirs of WWII has now been released in a new edition to accompany the forthcoming film starring Colin Firth. Eric Lomax’s experience of war under the Japanese is a powerful look at war and the long-term effects on serving men, harrowing to read – and to watch.

The film version of The Railway Man is released in UK cinemas on Friday 10 January 2014. Click below to view the trailer.

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Synopsis

The Railway Man by Eric Lomax

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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Reviews

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

'This book has to be read' - 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

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.

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Book Info

Publication date

2nd December 2013

Author

Eric Lomax

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Publisher

Vintage an imprint of Vintage Publishing

Format

Paperback
336 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
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Autobiography: historical, political & military
Second World War
Prisoners of war

ISBN

9780099583844

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