The Will to Live and over 2 million other books are available for Amazon Kindle . Learn more

Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

Start reading The Will to Live on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

The Will to Live: A Japanese POWs Memoir of Captivity and the Railway [Hardcover]

L. L. Baynes
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
RRP: 19.99
Price: 15.96 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
You Save: 4.03 (20%)
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 2 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Want it tomorrow, 21 Aug.? Choose Express delivery at checkout. Details


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition 5.14  
Hardcover 15.96  

Book Description

30 Jun 2013
Len Baynes' courage and mental and physical strength kept him alive during the 1000 days of captivity by the barbarous Japanese army. The difficulties and risks involved in keeping a diary were immense and yet Len persevered although it meant deliberately defacing and cutting up the small pieces of paper. As a result of this extraordinary feat, Len's record is pure fact. To read his account of life and death first during the fruitless fighting and then captivity in numerous camps in Singapore and Thailand is a humbling and moving experience. He describes not just the appalling hardship and brutality but his relationships with fellow POWs, his captors and the local population. As an NCO he found himself 'fronting up' for his men and this led to some very difficult situations with both the Japanese and, at times, his British officers. He is very candid in his views but, while he found a number of superiors lacking, others such as the legendary Colonel Toosey have nothing but his respect and gratitude. The Will To Live is a fine example of the Japanese POW/Railway of Death genre. The Author's drawing add to its interest but his writing is honest and direct and reveals so much about the nightmare experiences suffered by the Author and his colleagues. No to be missed.

Frequently Bought Together

The Will to Live: A Japanese POWs Memoir of Captivity and the Railway + Captivity, Slavery and Survival as a Far East POW: The Conjuror on the Kwai
Buy the selected items together

Product details

  • Hardcover: 209 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military (30 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781593000
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781593004
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 729,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description


Wonderfully colourful yet often harrowing detail. Cambridge News

About the Author

Len Baynes, known as 'Snowy', was born in London and joined the Territorials in 1938. After the War he lost his leg in a car accident, a terrible blow for anyone but particularly a County Rugby player and builder. Now 93 having also survived a stroke, he lives at Stapleford, Cambridgeshire.

Customer Reviews

4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
5.0 out of 5 stars
5.0 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An appreciation of 'The Will to Live' 18 April 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a very factual account of life in Japanese hands. It is based on a diary that was kept and is full of interesting details, sometimes amusing but often harrowing. It enables the reader understand the wonderful spirit of the prisoners in great adversity.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category