And the Dawn Came Up Like Thunder : Leo Rawlings: Prisoner of Japan and War Artist 1941-1945, Paperback Book

And the Dawn Came Up Like Thunder : Leo Rawlings: Prisoner of Japan and War Artist 1941-1945 Paperback


And the Dawn Came Up Like Thunder is the experience of an ordinary soldier captured by the Japanese at Singapore in February 1942.

Leo Rawlings' story is told in his own pictures and his own words; a world that is uncompromising, vivid and raw.

He pulls no punches. For the first time the cruelty inflicted on the prisoners of war by their own officers is depicted as well as shocking images of POW life.

This is truly a view of the River Kwai experience for a 21st Century audience.The new edition includes pictures never before published as well as an extensive new commentary by Dr Nigel Stanley, an expert on Rawlings and the medical problems faced on the Burma Railway.

More than just a commentary on the history and terrible facts behind Rawlings' work, it stands on its own as a guide to the hidden lives of the prisoners.Most of the pictures are printed for the first time in colour as the artist intended, bringing new detail and insight to conditions faced by the POWs as they built the infamous death railway, and faced starvation, disease and cruelty.Pictures such as those showing the construction of Tamarkan Bridge, now famed as the prototype for the fictional Bridge on the River Kwai, and those showing the horrendous suffering of the POWs such as King of the Damned have an iconic status. Rawlings' art brings a different perspective to the depiction of the world of the Far East prisoners.

For the first time the pictures and original texts are printed in a large format edition, so that their full power can be experienced.The new edition includes an account of how Rawlings' book was published in Japan by Takashi Nagase (well known from Eric Lomax's book The Railway Man) in the early 1980s.

Rawlings visited Nagase in 1980 and at last reconciled himself to his experiences as a POW.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240 pages, 152 colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Myrmidon Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Individual artists, art monographs
  • ISBN: 9781905802944



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