The Long Way Home Paperback – 21 Jun 2012
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'I couldn't stop turning the pages ... a great tale - with a deep message' - George Robertson'A dashed good read. Especially as his escape was successful' --Jack McLean, The Herald --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
John McCallum was born in Glasgow in 1917, and was brought up there and in Oban. He left school aged 14 to work as a Boy Messenger in the Post Office. Aged 18, he transferred to its Engineering Department as a trainee and spent two years on external telephone work, later being transferred to indoor work on switchboards. He joined the Supplementary Reserves in the Royal Signal Corps in 1935, where his step-brother Jimmy O'Neill was already enlisted. He died in 2011. The Rt. Hon. Lord Robertson of Port Ellen (George Robertson) was elected to the House of Commons in 1978. He was appointed Defence Secretary in 1997 and was Secretary General of NATO from 1999 to 2003. Trevor Royle is a broadcaster and author specialising in the history of war and empire. He is Associate Editor of the 'Sunday Herald' and a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Trevor's books include 'The Flowers of the Forest: Scotland and the First World War' and 'A Time of Tyrants: Scotland and the Second World War'.
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Top Customer Reviews
It is a swaggering and often amusing story of courage, adventure and love, lost and found, which should be required reading for the generation who will never see a war on the scale fought by these brave men and their comrades.
The Long Way Home is a brilliant story, well told.
It is a really interesting story and gives another perspective on Allied PoW's conditions as it seems the author missed most of the bad experiences written about in other books. Either that or he plays it down quite well.
My only complaint is that the escape section of the book is not as detailed or as long as I thought it would be. This is possible down to the straight forward route they picked but still would have been nice for it to be fleshed out.
Even so I would still recommend giving this a read as it is worth the time.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very interesting read - kept the interest all the way throughPublished 7 months ago by Mrs. MA Frampton
Many of us may wonder what our parents did in the war; for many of them it was something not to talk about. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mr
Not that impressed.....the story itself is worthy of writing but it's not written in a way that is interesting.
Also rather short for four and a half quid.
A true adventure story by a guy who typified the commitment and professionalism of Allied troops in WW2.Published 18 months ago by S. Tomlinson
You wouldnt have thought it possible what these 3 guys did. Amazing story, they must have had feet of iron to walk the distances involved.Published 19 months ago by M. Aldred
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