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Author: John Nixon and Barbara Ann Smith
Publisher:  A.Lane Publications (2006)
Price:  7.99 + 2.50 P&P (R.R.P. 12.00)
Synopsis: This book relates the true and moving account of Alan Nixon’s journey to Singapore in 1942 and his life as a medic in Chungkai Japanese POW camp, Thailand. Based on a diary he hid from his captors, and contributions from fellow FEPOWs, the factors that threatened his survival are explored and described. These include disease, diet, physical threats from the Japanese, positive and negative psychological influences, and the lighter, life-enriching aspects of being a Japanese POW. Co-authored by two of his children, Alan’s life story following his release, including the after-effects of his ordeal, is also included. A major factor he attributed to his survival was the good upbringing he had in Hemsworth, Yorkshire, and in particular the role his mother, Gertrude, played. This book is testimony to the often unrecognised heroism that extends beyond the immediacy of war. Part of the profits of this book will go to the FEPOW museum at the National War Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire.
Book details: Paperback, 143 pages, 14.8 x 2 x 21 cm (A5), 40 B&W or colour images, ISBN - 1897666896. 
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