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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.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2371 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (6 Oct. 2009)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0036RCVJM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

A story of true courage against the odds.

One person found this helpful.
 on 22 February 2017
By Janie S
I saw the film of this book about 2 years ago and was very pleased when I saw the book on Amazon. This true story is one of unimaginable suffering in the heat of Thailand at a time when most of the world was at war. The Japanese had no mercy for their prisoners, believing them to be inferior because they had been captured, and starved and worked them to death in the most brutal way. Just an ordinary man caught up in the shambles that was the fall of Singapore, Eric Lomax’s treatment was no worse than that meted out to many other prisoners, indeed he was fortunate not to be sent to work on building the railway, but that he lived to tell us about it is indeed a miracle. His suffering was not confined to the breaking of bones or starvation, the mental scars continued unabated for many years. That he found a way to be at peace is some measure of the man he is, the forgiveness he showed to his captor truly inspiring. A great book. Recommended.

This is an account of true heroism and bravery – a ‘must read’ for your list

One person found this helpful.
 on 14 April 2017
By Tilly Flop
This book is a true story of the hardships and torture suffered by the writer and the men and women captured by the Japanese. It is told without undue drama and is not mawkish. It does, however, make you realise just what was endured by these people during their incarceration. Would I have been as brave if it had happened to me? I’d like to think so, but I doubt it. The thousands of men and women who died to save the world from domination should never be forgotten. They are the real heroes and heroines and I salute them …

Five stars!

 on 17 July 2016
By Astrid Illner
“At the beginning of time the clock struck one

The spirit of survival!

 on 1 January 2015
By K Clewley
One man’s account of the treatment he endured at the hands of the Japanese during the second world war, Eric Lomax does not dwell on the pain and inhumanity he suffered he just tells it as it was! An extraordinary story of resilience and hope, we all have an understanding of the atrocities carried out in the Time of conflict, but Eric has a way of letting you feel the lack of compassion that can arise between enemies when war raises it’s ugly head.

Five stars ffor an incredibly moving account

 on 6 June 2017
By S. Raab
An astonishingly moving book, beautifully written, about Eric Lomax’s experiences as a Prisoner of War by the Japanese during WWII. If one investigates his life it becomes clear that he has not mentioned his children, but that was his prerogative. The final scene where he faces and forgives the person, whom he hated the most, was extraordinarily emotional.

I found it an excellent read. For such an horrific account of the …

 on 21 August 2017
By GAJ
I came to this book with no prior knowledge of it. I found it an excellent read.For such an horrific account of the horrors suffered by Eric Lomax he would be forgiven for adding emotion to his writing, but there was none. By so doing he made these events so much more thought provoking, and I’m sure he minimised his description of some events. I loved his telling of the last file he was working on before being called up, and finding it untouched after the war nearly 10 years later, exactly as he lad left it. I would recommend this book to anyone.

Very moving

One person found this helpful.
 on 14 April 2017
By Sue Hill
From the tales of a young innocent rail enthusiast eager to volunteer for duties in the war through harrowing torturers to hate. The book takes you through every emotion and is difficult to read at times but eventuality brings forgiveness and a peaceful end.

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One person found this helpful.
 on 3 January 2017
By LyndaGripton
This was an informative and enlightening read. I have myself lived in Japan as an English teacher and found the people friendly, they are a spiritual people but complex. I would recommend this book to anyone.

Harrowing but true account

One person found this helpful.
 on 12 February 2017
By Rickant
This is an excellent book. I bought it after seeing the film which differs in certain ways. Obviously there is a little artistic licence made in the film.

Inspiring

 on 9 September 2017
By R Hodges
This is a wonderfully written account of the dreadful treatment of POWs in the Far East, and the lifelong suffering endured by survivors. By a series of coincidences the author was able to contact one of his torturers and his account of their meeting 50 years after the end of the war is very moving.
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