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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Adventure
This book was born of a meeting nearly forty years ago between the author and journalist Ian Skidmore and Lord Langford of Bodrhyddan Hall, Dyserth, North Wales.
Written in the third person, Lord Langford being the "Rowley" of the story, it tells of Geoffrey Rowley-Conwy's (Lord Langford's / "Rowley's") escape from the Japanese invasion of Singapore and Percival's...
Published on 21 July 2010 by Barry Hamilton

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3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't rock my boat
Not an escape of the epic proportions I was expecting. After reading this book I was left a bit flat and uninspired.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Adventure, 21 July 2010
This book was born of a meeting nearly forty years ago between the author and journalist Ian Skidmore and Lord Langford of Bodrhyddan Hall, Dyserth, North Wales.
Written in the third person, Lord Langford being the "Rowley" of the story, it tells of Geoffrey Rowley-Conwy's (Lord Langford's / "Rowley's") escape from the Japanese invasion of Singapore and Percival's surrender in 1942.
Langford and his group's escape using a small sailing junk, and his eventful journey to Ceylon make for a gripping tale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing true story of a few brave men, 18 April 2013
This review is from: Escape From The Rising Sun (Kindle Edition)
Escape From The Rising Sun follows an amazing episode in history- the refusal of a few brave men to surrender to the Japanese, instead risking their lives by escaping and attempting to reach Allied land. The journey across the Bay of Bengal was over 1, 500 miles - no mean feat when you have few supplies and are travelling in a battered, frail sailing boat. This book is more about the human ability to cope under pressure, than about action-packed war scenes but it still captures the terrifying threat of the Japanese war camps during WW2.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jolly good read, 16 April 2014
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I thoroughly enjoyed this fast moving tale of bravery and endurance. A gripping account of a daring evasion. Would have liked more follow up, however.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All hero's, 20 Dec 2013
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Wonderful book, leadership and British guts. My own father was at Singapore as a gunner in the RA .
How he survived the Railway I will never know . Died on this day in December 1969 aged 58
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loyalty to ones soldiers, 2 Aug 2013
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A very interesting read from start to finish. The book portrays the loyalty that Officers had to their soldiers in as much as they were prepared to die to save them capture. There is great detail in how the men made their way across the Indian ocean with a clapped out boat and little in the way of navigation instruments.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Escape From the Rising Sun, 15 May 2013
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Good read with a very personal story view - as history has shown us the terrible times people experienced during this period one can only feel a little of what was experienced.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exhilarating and inspiring, 16 April 2013
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Colonel Geoffrey Rowley-Conwy is still to this day a very colourful character, and Ian Skidmore captures his engaging personality perfectly. Taking matters into his own hands Rowly-Conwy decided to escape from Singapore after the British Army were taken over by the Japanese. Seizing a boat he grabs his opportunity and sets sail for liberty, picking up a group of fellow escapees on his journey. What follows is an exciting account of the men's journey across the ocean, dodging Japanese aircrafts, tempestuous storms and malnourishment as they make a bid for freedom. Ian Skidmore's novel is exhilarating and inspiring - a real gem that shouldn't be overlooked by anyone interested in the second world war.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't rock my boat, 30 Oct 2013
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Not an escape of the epic proportions I was expecting. After reading this book I was left a bit flat and uninspired.
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5.0 out of 5 stars First class story, 17 Aug 2014
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I have enjoyed reading this book, very difficult to put down, an amazing story of comradeship how a group of men can come together and overcome everything to achieve their goal.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Escape from the Japanese, 24 Aug 2014
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I did not known that it was a novel I prefer to read factual stories.But it was not too bad a bit long winded
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