A tale of hair-raising adventure, survival, love and loss, shot through with rage, polemic, unlikely humour and a rare spiritual sensibility. (Telegraph Magazine
As uplifting a testimonial to human courage as any to emerge from World War II. (Daily Mail
Unique and heartfelt . . . a tale of human resilience and bravery in the most desperate circumstances. (The Irish News
Written with simplicity, understanding, and surprising good humour. It deserves to be read. (The Times Educational Supplement
In 1942, as war spread in the Far East, thousands of refugees tried to escape on foot to India through the dense jungles of Burma. Stephen Brookes, then 11 years old, describes the flight from his affluent home and the fearful 3000-mile journey that partially destroyed his family.