The Railway ManBMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7063.1021a (Published 19 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1021
- Charles Essex
Eric Lomax Vintage, £6.99, pp 276 ISBN 0 09 958231 7
Eric Lomax did not have a good war; he was a prisoner of war for three years after the fall of Singapore in 1942. Yet his autobiography, which revolves around his wartime experiences, is compelling reading, all the more so because it is the story of how an ordinary man reacted to extraordinary circumstances.
Eric (I cannot call him Lomax because he tells his story as if talking over a pint in his local) was a rather serious and naive young man. A train spotter, he …