The Railway Man, Paperback Book
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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.


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I did an English course last year and we studied an extract of this book (pages 303-4), so when I saw it in a charity shop I snapped it up. An excellent book by a man who was so badly tortured during the war that he forgot how to read. Not just an important historical document but also an important statement on humanity

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