The Forgotten Highlander

The Forgotten Highlander: My Incredible Story of Survival During the War in the Far East

Paperback Published on: 14/04/2011
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Alistair Urquhart was a soldier in the Gordon Highlanders captured by the Japanese in Singapore. He not only survived working on the notorious Bridge on the River Kwai , but he was subsequently taken on one of the Japanese 'hellships' which was torpedoed. Nearly everyone else on board died and Urquhart spent 5 days alone on a raft in the South China Sea before being rescued by a whaling ship. He was taken to Japan and then forced to work in a mine near Nagasaki. Two months later a nuclear bomb dropped just ten miles away . . .

This is the extraordinary story of a young men, conscripted at nineteen and whose father was a Somme Veteran, survived not just one, but three close encounters with death - encounters which killed nearly all his comrades.

  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • ISBN: 9780349122571
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Weight: 301g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 30 mm

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The Forgotten Highlander
Great read
Great book if you like war stories
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Outstandingly well written.
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I am one of those people who never read books and wait for the DVD to come out. This book has changed all that. The pain and suffering this man went throug... READ MORE
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a book that makes you grateful
this book should be used to show what life was really like for prisoners of war and what men gave up for our freedom. Schools would do well to use it to sh... READ MORE
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One of the most powerful and emotive reads ever
One of the best reads I have ever had the pleasure of reading. This man has been through it all, and his luck just seemed to get worst. I watched a documen... READ MORE