COMPETITION: Win a copy of classic WWII POW account Railroad of Death by John Coast

| 13 June 2014

Win a copy of John Coast's original classic account of the River Kwai Railway, Railroad of Death

Railroad of Death Book cover

Thank you to all who entered.

A bestseller in 1946, Railroad of Death is the original and best account of forced labour on the Burma Railway.

This new edition includes transcripts of John Coast’s BBC interview with his Japanese captors and Takashi Nagase – decades before Nagase’s meeting with Eric Lomax, the author of The Railway Man.

Coast was a young officer in the Norfolk Regiment who was taken prisoner at the Fall of Singapore in February 1942. During his three-year internment he took notes and concealed them from the Japanese, but lost the lot when he was forced to bury them in Chungkai Camp for fear of discovery. Coast wrote the book all over again while on the voyage home.

The result, published in 1946 as Railroad of Death, is moving, dramatic and chilling in the detail it gives of the cruelty inflicted by Japanese and Korean soldiers on the POWs and Asian workers who died in even greater numbers working on the Burma Railway.

Yet it is lyrical in its descriptions of the natural world surrounding the camps, native food and the kindness shown by some Thais to the prisoners. Coast brings to life the camps and towns of the Burma Railway and the culture of Bali and Indonesia that allowed him to find some comfort and meaning amid the horror.

This new edition (rrp £12.99) has an introduction and appendices which take Coast's legacy of dealing with his experiences in the camps forward through to his ground-breaking 1969 BBC programme ‘Return to the River Kwai’ and beyond.

To win a copy, courtesy of Myrmidon Books, simply email with 'Railroad' in the subject line.

We will pluck three lucky winners out of the hat and send the book out to you so don't forget to include your postal address. Good luck!   

Competition closes 5pm, Friday June 27.

Terms and conditions:
  •     This competition is not open to employees of Culture24 or Myrmidon Books or their families.
  •     Entrants must be over 16 years of age and resident in the UK.
  •     All entrants must include contact details or their entry will be discarded.  All contact details will be deleted after the competition.
  •     Winners will be informed on Monday June 30.
  •     Winners will be drawn at random, decisions are final and correspondence will not be entered into.
  •     Culture24 and Myrmidon Books do not take responsibility for any lost or late entries.
  •     This competition is free to enter, no purchase is necessary.
  •     The prize must be taken as stated, cannot be deferred, and there is no cash alternative.
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