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To The Kwai And Back - Ronald Searle

Product code: AA0984
£25.00
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In 1939, as an art student, Ronald Searle volunteered for the army,
called up in September he embarked for Singapore in 1941. Within a month
of his arrival there, he was a prisoner of the Japanese. After fourteen
months in a prisoner-of-war camp Ronald Searle was sent north, to work
camp on the Burma Star. In May 1944 he was sent to the notorious Changi
Gaol in Singapore and was one of the few British soldiers to survive
imprisonment there. Throughout his captivity, despite the risk, Ronald
Searle made drawings, determinded to record his experiences. He drew his
fellow prisoners, and their Japanese guards; he recorded historic
moments, the Japanese triumphantly entering Singapore, the planes
dropping leaflets that announced the end of the war. The drawings in
this remarkable book were hidden by Searle, and smuggled from place to
place, stained with the sweat and dirt of his captivity. They are a
record of one man's war, and are among the most important, and moving,
accounts of the Second World War. They document the sacrifice of those
who served in the Far East and are testimony to Ronald Searle's unique
talent.

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