The No.1 Sunday Times Bestseller and a Daily Mail Book of the Year, this riveting account by Alistair Urquhart is a must read for your list.
Alistair Urquhart was barely twent when he was shipped to Singapore with the Gordon Highlanders. In 1942 the Japanese invaded, and he was taken prisoner and sent to work on the notorious bridge over the River Kwai. Urquhart survived starvation, cholera and the torture and brutality of the Japanese Imperal Army,, only to be packed in the hold of a rusting hell-ship bound for Japan. Torpedoed by an American submarine in the shark-infested waters of the South China Sea, he drifted for days, close to death. When he was eventually recaptures, Urquhart was transported to a prison camp only eleven miles from a fateful city called Nagasaki, where he bore witness to one of the most momentous and terrible events of human history.