The Railway Man

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Eric Lomax

Narrated By: Bill Paterson

Publisher: Random House UK

Date: May 2011

Duration: 8 hours 25 minutes


A naive young man, a railway enthusiast and radio buff, was caught up in the fall of the British Empire at Singapore in 1942. He was put to work on the 'Railway of Death' - the Japanese line from Thailand to Burma. Exhaustively and brutally tortured by the Japanese for making a crude radio, Lomax was emotionally ruined by his experiences. Almost 50 years after the war, however, his life was changed by the discovery that his interrogator, the Japanese interpreter, was still alive - their reconciliation is the culmination of this extraordinary story.


  • Anonymous

    Moving and brilliant! This book takes you through the full gamut of human emotions. It is a humbling account of suffering, healing and forgiveness. It brings recent history vividly to life and illustrates why we remember and respect the people who fought and suffered for our freedom. Such an uplifting ending to the harrowing story. I wasn’t going to see the film but I now feel I must see if the filmmakers managed to do justice to the book. Bill Paterson’s narration was excellent.

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