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Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Birlinn Ltd; Revised ed. edition (21 Jun. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843410605
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843410607
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 555,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By A Customer on 8 Oct. 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a simple but truly remarkable story of three Glasgow boys, signalmen in the British Army during World War II, who, after tiring of captivity at the hands of their German adversaries, simply walked out of the POW camp in which they had been held and wandered, unchallenged, to Sweden and a safe passage home, to families and to the army.
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.
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By A Customer on 5 Oct. 2005
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I read a review for this book in my daily paper, and thought it sounded like an exceptional story. It is not my usual type of book purchase, but I found it truly moving - and an amazing story of bravery, sheer good luck and friendship. Well worth a read, even if the war is not your usual reading material!
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Brilliant moving story wonderfully told. Im proud to belong to such a great tradition of bravery, self sacrifice and luck.
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The Long Way Home: The Other Great Escape (Isis (Hardcover Large Print)) I will admit firstly to being biased with regard to John McCallum's book, as I am his sister-in-law. However I enjoyed it very much and have passed it to many friends (most of whom have served in the forces during the last war) and without exception they all found it to be a fascinating read. It has also been read by the "younger" generation who found it most enjoyable and easy to read.
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Despite being written by someone who is neither a professional writer nor an historian, this book is an engaging and rewarding read. It tells the story of three men who escaped from a German prison camp in WWII and made their way back to Britain. Crucially, it is written by one of those who made the escape; it is not "ghost-written" but expressed in his own words and in his own way. John McCallum (no relation to this reviewer) waited many years before writing the book, feeling that he was bound by the Official Secrets Act, but obviously his memory was still clear. The great strengths of the book are its simplicity and clarity. He does not indulge in fashionable moralising but instead sticks to his story, which is presented strictly from the viewpoint of the three "ordinary lads" from Glasgow. His purpose is to tell how it was done, without puffed-up heroics and without invented introspection. He is also quite honest in his portrayal of himself, his comrades, and those involved in the escape. The three men had signed up together in the Territorial Army and were later mobilised and sent to France in 1940, where they were captured. The author is full of praise, for instance, for the German and captive English doctors who treated his wound, not only as first aid but with complicated surgery that ensured he would not be crippled. He and his friends were sent to prison camps in the east of Germany and in Bohemia, where they spent several years mostly on outside work parties, which allowed them to work on farms and small businesses in what was still a quiet rural area. When they finally decided to make an escape, it depended vitally on McCallum's local paramour, who provided essential intelligence, clothing, food, and even documents, and on support from French and other forced labour camps.Read more ›
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A brilliant and evocative book by an inspiring gentleman. My Mum read it to my Dad not long before he died and it gave them both greast pleasure at a time when Dad could no longer read so much for himself - it was a hark back to his own war years as a veteran of D Day and one of the first to land on Sword Beach as part of an anti tank division.
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I quite enjoyed this book, it flowed quite well once you got passed the initial section on PoW's and their treatment.

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.
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This book is simply written but is nevertheless a really good story. It covers the exploits of a small group of characters during WWII and demonstrates how resourceful ordinary people can be. Overall it's a 'good news' story and represents value for money.
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