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The Barbed-Wire University: The Real Lives of Prisoners of War in the Second World War Hardcover – 25 May 2011

4.4 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd; 1st Edition edition (25 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845136292
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845136291
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 16.5 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 501,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Many eye-opening facts in a bright new history of POWs…I’m finding it enthralling

(Ian Jack The Guardian)

Rich and insightful panorama of POW life. Every one of the pages hums with human interest and the whole enterprise is conducted with the highest standards of scholarship

(Daily Express)

These astonishing tales of improvisation, ingenuity and courage are so enthralling. Every facet of this epic story is covered with sensitivity, restraint, and a leavening humour…full of unforgettable stories…Such stories illuminate a great subject in engrossing detail.

(The Spectator)

Midge Gillies has tackled a colossal subject with calm professionalism and a lightness of touch which makes it a great joy to read. An outstanding piece of scholarship which is as readable as it is informative.

(BBC History Magazine)

'Outstanding...absorbing

(Soldier Magazine)

Midge Gillies’s engaging The Barbed-Wire University…is a breezy, edifying history which knits together compelling tragi-comic tales.

(Frank Keating The Guardian)

Fascinating book by the daughter of a POW…written in an easy human style and very informative.

(Arrse.co.uk (Army website))

What the reader is most likely to take away from this rich and well-researched book is a sense of the extraordinary ingenuity and resourcefulness so many POWs displayed.

(The Sunday Times)

Brilliantly researched…Gillies has weaved her findings into a fascinating and deeply moving piece of social history

(Mail on Sunday)

What the reader is most likely to take away from this rich and well-researched book is a sense of the extraordinary ingenuity and resourcefulness so many POWs displayed

About the Author

Midge Gillies has written six books including highly acclaimed biographies of the record-breaking pilot Amy Johnson, and Edwardian music hall star, Marie Lloyd. In Waiting for Hitler, Britain on the Brink of Invasion she recreated the tension and fear that permeated the summer of 1940. She studied at Cambridge University and has written for a wide range of publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Independent and the Los Angeles Times. She is a part-time tutor for the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education. Her father was a prisoner of war in Europe and she is married to the prize-winning crime novelist, Jim Kelly. They live in Cambridgeshire with their daughter, Rosa.


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