I wonder if you sometimes have that feeling deep in your gut that only a book can give you? It’s rare but this book did it. It is astonishing. It is the finest and most moving book I’ve read since The Book Thief. I was given it as a gift from my Australian hosts at a recent conference because its author is from Tasmania. It follows the life of an Australian surgeon who becomes a Japanese prisoner of war working and leading men building the Thai-Burma railway. If you’re my age think Tenko! Moving, heart-wrenching, educational and brilliant.