The Railway Man

  • by Eric Lomax
  • Narrated by Bill Paterson
  • 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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a tale of humanity, frailty and ultimately redemption

I am sure that this book will stay in my mind for years to come. It is a profoundly moving autobiographical story of one man's experience as a p.o.w in the far east. 'Moving' is oft used, but not by me! I found myself in tears a few times. The quality of the reading was first rate and the prose lovely. I cannot fault this audiobook and feel that my life has been enriched for having heard it. It is not a book I would've picked, but was suggested for my book group. I am very glad it was. The author's honesty and experience can teach us all
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- Jemmy Bloocher

Riverting, Captivating, Inspiring

I could not stop listening to this fantastic book. A brilliant insight into a period of modern history that must never be forgotten. Written so fluently and Bill Paterson's narration is excellent.
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- Mr. R. H. Barnes

Book Details

  • Release Date: 18-05-2011
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks