We regret that due to the technical limitations of our site, we are unable to offer eBooks or Audio Downloads to customers outside of the UK.

For further details please read our eBooks help.

Lucky Johnny: The Footballer Who Survived the River Kwai Death Camps (Hardback)
  • Lucky Johnny: The Footballer Who Survived the River Kwai Death Camps (Hardback)

Lucky Johnny: The Footballer Who Survived the River Kwai Death Camps (Hardback)

Hardback Published: 05/06/2014
  • In stock
  • Free UK delivery

We can send it to you within 24 hours

  • This item has been added to your basket
In 1938 Johnny Sherwood was a young professional footballer on the brink of an England career, touring the world with the all-star British team the Islington Corinthians. By 1942 he was a soldier surrendering to the Japanese at the siege of Singapore. Taken prisoner he was sent to a POW camp deep in the heart of the Thai jungle, where he was starved, beaten, and forced to build the notorious 'railway of death' on the River Kwai. Johnny kept his and his men's spirits up with tales of his footballing past, even organising matches until he and the other prisoners became too weak to play. One day, he even encountered a brutal Japanese guard, and was shocked to recognise him as a Japanese footballer Johnny had played against. Many years after Johnny's death, his grandson Michael discovered an old manuscript hidden in the attic of his mother's house. It was Johnny's own account of his wartime experiences - the story too horrific to reveal in full to his loved ones. In the tradition of bestselling memoirs like The Railway Man, Lucky Johnny is an inspirational tale of survival against the odds.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
ISBN: 9781444790306

You may also be interested in...


I was very moved by this true story of Johnny Sherwood, pro footballer turned POW. Johnny tells the story of his days as a footballer, tipped to play for England, and how he went to war and was captured by the... More

5th June 2014
Helpful? Upvote 0

“Lucky Johnny”

'Lucky Johnny' takes the reader on an emotional journey from Johnny's arrival and almost immediate capture in Singapore, through all the horrors of being a Japanese POW. HIs only 'luck' is his... More

18th June 2014
Helpful? Upvote 1

Your review has been submitted successfully.

View your review