Lucky Johnny: The Footballer who Survived the River Kwai Death Camps (Paperback)Johnny Sherwood (author)
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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
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 218 g
Dimensions: 197 x 128 x 20 mm
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“FANTASTIC STORY - WHAT A READ”
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
'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
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