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Escape from the Rising Sun: The Incredible Voyage of the "Sederhana Djohanis" Hardcover – 1 Jan 1973

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Product details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books / Leo Cooper (1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0850521025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0850521023
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,044,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Product Description

1973 hardback - ex-lirary copy with picture dustjacket. Obvious wear & library stamps, but readable copy. This book has been donated the proceeds raised will help fund the palliative care services provided by Wakefield Hospice.

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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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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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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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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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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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The story of the fall of Singapore is quite well known, however the stories of escape and evasion are rarer. Escape from the Rising Sun describes an amazing feat of sailing 1500 miles across the Bay of Bengal with supplies running out and in a battered, fragile sailing boat. Not only did they have to deal with the elements but they were strafed by an enemy fighter and almost inadvertently sailed through a Japanese fleet.

This is not a story about battles, but a story of the human spirit against adversity and is a story worth preserving.

It was last published in the 1970s and I’m again glad that Endeavour Press reprinted it in this digital edition.
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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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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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