Australia: NewSouth Publishing, 2017. Stock ID #158562
288pp, paperback. A new edition of this bestselling Australian classic.
After the Japanese invasion of Burma in late 1941,
11-year-old Colin McPhedran was forced to flee his homeland on foot, across the
steep Patkoi Mountain Ranges, to safety in India. Over a three-month period,
Colin, along with his mother, elder brother and sister and thousands of others
who died, battled the annual monsoon rains, starvation, disease and exhaustion,
in an attempt to cover the 500-kilometre journey across the border.
autobiography recalls McPhedran's pre-war childhood as part of a large
Anglo-Burmese family, the Japanese invasion and his extraordinary trek to
freedom. He spent four years in India, a short time in Britain and then spent
the rest of his life living in Bowral, in New South Wales. This new edition
seeks to answer key questions asked by those readers who wrote in their
hundreds to Colin, who passed away in 2010 asking `what happened afterwards?'
It also reveals new information about the man who found and rescued Colin when
he was at death's door on the jungle refugee trail to India. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 158562).