This is a great read and an amazing story. Andy Coogan was plucked from civilian life where he was a gifted runner and worked as a painter in Glasgow and plunged into the maelstrom of the Second World War. He was unlucky enough to be sent to Malaya and fought in the shambolic retreat down the Malayan peninsula. After terrifying hand-to-hand fighting he walked the last 70 miles to reach the 'safety' of Singapore.
After his capture in Singapore he enters the deoths of hell in a copper mine that sounds like Dante's inferno. This is an inspiring survival story and I agree with previous reviewers about its "unputdownability". It rattles along and just when you think things can't get any worse --- they do.
It puts our every day moans and worries into perspective. What a man, what a generation.
For many, the Falklands War ended in June 1982. For those who made it back to the UK, the war remained a part of their lives for years. Tony Banks recalls a poignant account of his experiences before, during and after an event which would shape him and many others.