There was a place far worse than Changi - this is the little known story of Singapore's Outram Road and the POWs who endured it.
'It made Changi seem like heaven.'
This is the little known story of Singapore's Outram Road Gaol and the POWs who endured it. Deprivation here was so extreme that there really was a fate worse than death.
Powerful and shocking, Stubborn Buggers tells of twelve Australian POWs who fought and survived the battle for Malaya, then captivity and slave labour, followed by the unimaginable hardships of Outram Road Gaol. It is a story of how they dealt with the brutality of the Japanese military police, the feared Kempeitai. And it is the story of how they found a way to go on living even when facing a future of no hope and slow death.
But Stubborn Buggers is about more than suffering and brutality. It is also a tale of grit, determination and larrikin humour. It is very much about the triumph of the human spirit.
Tim Bowden is an acclaimed oral historian, broadcaster, and radio and television documentary maker who, for many years as host of Backchat, was known as the face of the ABC. He is author of many books including the much acclaimed One Crowded Hour: Neil Davis, combat cameraman, The Changi Camera: A unique record of Changi and the Thai-Burma Railway, and the 'Penelope' outback travel series.
Allen & Unwin
Allen & Unwin
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