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  • Paperback: 500 pages
  • Publisher: Hesperus Press Ltd (28 Feb. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843914638
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843914631
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 255,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'I followed them on a journey into nightmares, as what seemed to be a simple escape plan (simple? A lunatic escape plan of infinite complexity and unlikelihood, more like) transmuted and transformed' --Neil Gaiman

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E. H. Jones (1883-1942) was a Welsh officer in the Indian Army.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Walker on 28 Feb. 2014
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Being the centenary of the First World War, we will all be looking for a good book on the subject. Whilst there are plenty to chose from, many are very similar - focusing on huge battles, fought in the trenches on the Western Front. This book, however, shines a light on a less well-known arena of the Great War, set in the deserts of the Middle-East, and therefore provides a welcome break to the mud and misery that usually goes hand-in-hand with this topic.

That said, The Road to En-Dor is not without it's strife, and part of the reason this conflict remains largely forgotten about is that, even despite the immense casualties being inflicted on the British at places like the Somme for little reward, their defeats in what is now modern-day Iraq were so absolute they were hideously embarrassing for the British Army. The humiliation suffered there resulted in a virtual cover-up, and those who had survived the fighting were effectively abandoned, left to fend for themselves on gruelling death marches through the harsh deserts and on to their eventual destinations in POW camps spread out across the Anatolian wilderness.

However, again unlike the bulk of writings of this time, this book choses not to dwell too much on the actual combat and is instead a diary, written by a Prisoner of War in Turkey, about how he, along with his friend Lt. C.W. Hill, begin to orchestrate an incredible plan to escape and return home. What follows is a wild adventure that lurches from hilarity to borderline madness, as the 2 men manipulate their Turkish captors with increasingly preposterous schemes.

I cannot recommend this book enough, and the fact that this already brilliant story has been further embellished with all the extra, never-before published content makes it essential reading.
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I remember my dad reading this years ago and telling us a about the story as kids when we went camping. I was a bit scared as a child about the Ouija seances but when I saw this reissued I was intrigued.

So, a strange tale of Britsh POWs finding mad ways to get out of captivity, clearly of its time ( Turks are generally greedy fools, which does grate a bit, but doesn't detract from an original narrative.
Well worth buying - a story that I think is like no other.
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Interesting story about two determined men and an inside into the conditions of british POW s in Turkey in WW1.
I found the seances a bit repetitive and not all that interesting.Still a suitable testimony to two remarkable men s determination to escape from the drudgery of camp life.
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A thoroughly good read,it was an ingenious plan hatched by these two officers.They were under constant pressure from all sides.
It is especially topical bearing in mind it is 100years since the first world war.Highly recommended.
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Quirky and unrepentantly British - full of pluck and all upper lips are stiff - but funny and exciting and a plot that would be unbelievable if it weren't true
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I read it originally when I was young. It certainly doesn't disappoint after all these years..
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