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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.

 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.

The Bridge of the River Kwai meets Trainspotting

 on 1 April 2018
By Tony Milne
Ignore the film, ruined by Hollywood obsession with heroic people “Ooooh, he was the best of us” crap. (Colin Firth was perhaps the right man for the role, but the script ruined it)

Strange Meeting

 on 21 July 2016
By Sir Hesket Newmarket
There are plenty of compelling first hand accounts of horrific experiences of brutal internment and/or forced labour on the market. Primo Levi’s If This is a Man stands out as being a breathtakingly well written account and also one of incredible mental and emotional strength in that he describes his tormentors actions in close detail but never allows his justifiable anger to get the better of him. Eric Lomax is not Primo Levi and although this book is beautifully written you can tell he is not a natural writer. But where Eric Lomax goes way beyond any of the other similar accounts is in revisiting the location of his torment – and his tormentor.

Real life surely writes the most horrifying stories…but also those most beautiful ones.

 on 24 February 2015
By keen-reader
‘It is a strange feeling, being sentenced to death in your early twenties. It made me feel relaxed , in a strange way, to know that I was living on borrowed time. Yet day after day the psychological torment continued’.

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.

A wonderful read and an insight into what went on in …

 on 28 November 2017
By Mrs. P. Burges
A man tells his personal experience as a Japanese prisoner of war in Singapore during WW2 including vivid descriptions of torture because he was discovered to note down details of trains. The Japanese had no understanding of train spotting as a hobby at that time. A wonderful read and an insight into what went on in a POW as well as a bit about Singapore and her people.

A remarkable personal account by a remarkable man.

 on 2 October 2014
By John Williams
I can’t understand why anyone would give The Railway Man less than four stars. Perhaps some people were expecting a novel, with purple prose and dialogue, and all ends tied up. But life is not like that, and neither is this book. The reader should approach it for what it is, a very personal memoir, written not by a professional writer but by someone who is driven to know the truth and to record it. There may have been one or two ‘boring’ bits, but they are all necessary to the story. The style is very matter of fact, especially when one considers the horrors that are being described, but this just adds to the book’s authenticity. It is clear that Lomax has a high regard for the truth, and strives to recall events as accurately as possible. For example, there are some things that happened to him that he cannot personally recall, but which other eye witnesses have told him about, and where this is the case he makes this clear.

A brave and forgiving man….

 on 19 October 2014
By David I. Howells
This is a remarkable story about Eric Lomax, a train buff who entered the army during WW2 and eventually was set to work on the worse train set of all time…the Burma railway. Mr Lomax was obviously a very intelligent man and the prose of the book is a statement to that fact as it is beautifully written. The author also comes across as being quite an ordinary man but his ordeal after his capture in Malaya at the hands of the Japanese is anything but that. After being involved in building a clandestine radio, its discovery led to Eric Lomax’s brutal torture and incarceration, an all to common story as a FEPOW but this story has a remarkable twist in that Mr Lomax is apparently the only FEPOW who eventually met one of his main tormentors. This then is not only a story of untold brutality and of the lifelong suffering it entailed but one of reconciliation between good and evil. It is also a story of a very brave man who must have had an untold reservoir of mental fortitude but also a man of integrity and compassion. His eventual act of forgiveness is an example to us all in this troubled world.

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

 on 21 August 2017
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.
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