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Escape From The Rising Sun

Escape From The Rising Sun [Kindle Edition]

Ian Skidmore
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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February, 1942.

Singapore has fallen.

The British Army, retreating in disorder before the terrible onslaught of the Japanese shock troops, has been told to surrender.

It is one of the greatest defeats the British Army has ever suffered.

One man was convinced he could escape - and reclaim some honour from the disaster.

Geoffrey Rowley-Conwy seized a junk and sailed for Padang.

There he joined up with a group of fellow officers for a desperate bid to escape the Japanese.

Their plan? To take a dilapidated sailing boat across the Indian Ocean to Ceylon.

But to reach safety they would have to cross 1,500 miles of open sea swept by the fury of the monsoon and patrolled by Japanese fighter planes on the lookout for British survivors.

'Escape From The Rising Sun' is an incredible survival story of dedicated soldiers battling disease, depression, and the elements in the search for British-occupied land. With snippets from personal diaries and documents, it is a revealing recollection of the extraordinary feats of a group of very remarkable men.

‘One of the best and liveliest escape stories of the Second World War…enthralling.’ - Times Literary Supplement.

Ian Skidmore is the author of more thirty books – many of them best-sellers. He was also one of the most widely-read newspaper columnists and radio show presenters in the UK. After thirty years with BBC Wales, he was awarded the coveted Golden Microphone Award.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading independent publisher of digital books.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 520 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd. (8 April 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CA1G7OU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,357 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Adventure 21 July 2010
This book was born of a meeting nearly forty years ago between the author and journalist Ian Skidmore and Lord Langford of Bodrhyddan Hall, Dyserth, North Wales.
Written in the third person, Lord Langford being the "Rowley" of the story, it tells of Geoffrey Rowley-Conwy's (Lord Langford's / "Rowley's") escape from the Japanese invasion of Singapore and Percival's surrender in 1942.
Langford and his group's escape using a small sailing junk, and his eventful journey to Ceylon make for a gripping tale.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing true story of a few brave men 18 April 2013
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Escape From The Rising Sun follows an amazing episode in history- the refusal of a few brave men to surrender to the Japanese, instead risking their lives by escaping and attempting to reach Allied land. The journey across the Bay of Bengal was over 1, 500 miles - no mean feat when you have few supplies and are travelling in a battered, frail sailing boat. This book is more about the human ability to cope under pressure, than about action-packed war scenes but it still captures the terrifying threat of the Japanese war camps during WW2.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jolly good read 16 April 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed this fast moving tale of bravery and endurance. A gripping account of a daring evasion. Would have liked more follow up, however.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All hero's 20 Dec 2013
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Wonderful book, leadership and British guts. My own father was at Singapore as a gunner in the RA .
How he survived the Railway I will never know . Died on this day in December 1969 aged 58
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loyalty to ones soldiers 2 Aug 2013
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A very interesting read from start to finish. The book portrays the loyalty that Officers had to their soldiers in as much as they were prepared to die to save them capture. There is great detail in how the men made their way across the Indian ocean with a clapped out boat and little in the way of navigation instruments.
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