I purchased this book having been quite impressed by other stories by Brendan Gisby.
It is basically a short documentary that expands upon a very basic & starkly written diary penned by a British prisoner of war in a German Stalag WWII POW camp.
It is written in a documentary style, which whilst in no way typical of Mr Gisby's more usually colourful hand, seems highly necessary due to the fact that Corporal Thompson revealed so little about himself personally within the diary from which the book is constructed.
The text therefore makes few assumptions in elaborating upon the character's diary entries, but does manage to expand greatly upon them via historical research and (towards the end) via reference to Mr Thompsons later post-war life.
It does give a slightly more 2-dimensional perspective upon the WWII POW experience than the norm, which I think is down to the neccesity of documenting things in a very matter of fact way occasioned by a limited insight into actual diarised events.
A product of an association between Mr Gisby & a Mr Thompson (possibly a relative of the books' hero), Gisby's usually insightful & vibrant character studies appear quite reasonably absent due to the importance of retaining a documentary style. I also suspect that Mr Gisby's sum knowledge of the hero as an individual was most likely gleaned from the co-author & diary alone. Having said all of that, I am however unsure as to the extent of his involvement comparitivelty to the (seemingly first-named) co-author, Mr Thompson. It could well be that Gisby is not the presiding author of this work.
It was however an enjoyable & insightful read and (I believe) was the best that it could have possibly been given the raw evidence upon which it was constructed.