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Prisoner Of The Turnip Heads [Paperback]

George Wright-Nooth , Mark Adkin
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15 July 1999
As a police officer in pre-war colonial Hong Kong, George Wright-Nooth was studying for his Chinese language exams when the Japanese invaded on Christmas Day, 1941. He spent the next four years incarcerated in the Japanese Military Internment Camp at Stanley. Daily life became marked by hunger and appalling suffering at the hands of the guards. He regularly witnessed death and torture, and his account of a multiple execution by sword is as moving and horrific as anything one is ever likely to read. While many of his fellow prisoners cracked beneath the terror of such atrocities, the author repaid such treatment with subversive activities, such as the running of secret radios, and the smuggling of food and messages to and from some of those held by the dreaded Japanese Gendarmerie. Perhaps most remarkably of all, the author kept a diary throughout his incarceration which, miraculously, was never discovered by his captors.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New edition edition (15 July 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0304352349
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304352340
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 13 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 194,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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George Wright-Nooth CPM QPM was born in Kenya in 1917 where his father was an army officer. In 1938 he trained at the Metropolitan Police College in Hendon before being posted to Hong Kong. When the Japanese invaded Hong Kong in 1941 he was imprisoned at Stanley for four years. After the war he was awarded the Colonial Police Medal for Gallantry.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very moving & well-written 16 Oct 2003
By Keith Appleyard VINE VOICE
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This is a very moving and well-written memoire; given the tragic events, it is not possible for such a book to do other than include some very sad & brutal stories. I have visited Hong Kong on numerous occasions and it was interesting to relate the events described in this book to the places I knew.
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Mark Adkin has given a clear account of the horror of the Japanese occupation as seen through the eyes of George Wright- North.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book supplier to be trusted 1 Mar 2011
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Just the book I was looking for, arrived on time, the right price, and in perfect condition. Would not hesitate to use the same supplier. BIG THANKS
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5.0 out of 5 stars A superbly vivid account of POW life in Hong Kong 10 Mar 2001
By Natasha North - Published on Amazon.com
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The cruelty and depravity demonstrated by the Japanese during their occupation of Hong Kong between 1941 and 1945 is one of the less well-documented chapters of the Second World War. Yet, as George Wright-Nooth demonstrates with such freshness and clarity in this autobiographical account, it is as great a story of heroism, endurance, and poignancy as any other of its time. The image of 33 individuals, British, Chinese and Indian, preparing to be executed by beheading, and being comforted from among their own group by an Sandhurst-trained Indian officer and a Hong Kong Chinese man leading prayers will long remain in the mind. What also brings the book to life are the diary extracts and the author's excellent memory for detail, which superbly capture the sense of a young Englishman caught in the sweep and suffering of a wider tragedy, but somehow retaining his spirit, his inquisitiveness and that uniquely British sense of humour that shines undimmed through fifty years and the terrible things he saw and experienced.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very moving and well-written 30 Oct 2003
By Keith Appleyard - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very moving and well-written memoire; given the tragic events, it is not possible for such a book to do other than include some very sad & brutal stories. I have visited Hong Kong on numerous occasions and it was interesting to relate the events described in this book to the places I knew.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Japanese occupation revisited 6 April 2013
By Jonathan Chamberlain - Published on Amazon.com
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There are very few books that describe accurately what happened during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong. This is a very interesting account which deserves to be widely read. You do not emerge from experiences like this unscathed

Jonathan Chamberlain is author of [[[...]]]
(Hui was a leading collaborator with the Japanese)
4.0 out of 5 stars A pun for radish is why some Chinese people avoid the name "Robert." 26 Jun 2014
By Dwight - Published on Amazon.com
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The flat top of their sloping caps is why the Japanese were called turnip heads (similar to the Marines being called jarheads).

It's not a loaded nickname in and of itself - it's just accurate. Go get a taro and compare the top of it when the leaves have been lopped off. It's flat on top and sloping, right?
5.0 out of 5 stars Valuable information and easy to read! 10 Nov 2013
By H. J. - Published on Amazon.com
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This book has valuable information about a family member of my husband. I am so glad that I find this book. I bought this book used from Amazon marketplace. It is in good condition and easy to read.
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