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Naked Island

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Russell Braddon wrote The Naked Island in 1950. By 1968 it had been reprinted eleven times and sold one million copies in Britain alone. As the author states, 'It was written to tell the world what sort of people the Japanese can be. It was written to explain what they did in the war and what they might well do again.'

There are numerous books on the war in the East but th
Paperback, 262 pages
Published January 1st 1951 by Birlinn Publishers
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Everyone says this book is FUNNY????

Knowing the Australian sense of humour I can believe it.

(I recall the young Aussie nurse in new Guinea being herded off with her co-workers to be shot, saying in that laconic offhanded manner:
"Trust my Luck to be finished off by a bloody Jap!!")

But at the moment I am having a National Self-Crisis,
one of those "Oh-ye-of-little-faith" moments,
and wonder how Russell is going to DO it!!!
I know only too too well the horrific treatment the Japanese
dished out
I discovered this book in the most roundabout way possible.

I am a fan of MST3K and MST3K like things. did a mocking of Night of the Lepus, starring poor old DeForrest Kelly of Star Trek fame. I did some looking into this ridiculous movie, and found that it was based on a book,and that the author was actually (usually) a very good writer who had even written about his experiences as a WWII Australian POW under the Japanese in Malaysia and Thailand. Amazingly, my library had a copy
Aug 03, 2015 Ellen rated it really liked it
One of those books that leaves you agape. Suffering, brutality and the dogged wills of those who survive. A very important entry in Australia's library of war.
Ian Chapman
Apr 07, 2012 Ian Chapman rated it it was amazing
A great work, by a writer who was a teenage prisoner-of-war of Japan in Asia. The title would appear to be a double-entendre referring to Singapore's lack of defences and the way the pows worked unclothed on the railway. Braddon was taken prisoner in Singapore, survived a tour on the Thailand to Burma railway works, and returned to Singapore. There are some strange stories that appear macabre humour. This book was apparently unpopular in Australia, where it was supposedly felt the image of the ...more
Huw Collingbourne
Dec 27, 2013 Huw Collingbourne rated it it was amazing
Braddon's account of his life as a POW in Singapore, Malaya and Thailand vividly conveys both the horror and the astounding will to survive of some of the men who suffered unimaginable hardship and cruelty. Many of the most horrific episodes are described in an oddly 'matter-of-fact' way, much as you or I might describe a hard day at work! And they are all the more striking and memorable for it. This was one of the first books ever published about the experience of a POW of the Japanese. It was ...more
Inken Purvis
Feb 24, 2014 Inken Purvis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book every couple of years as it's so extraordinary. Whilst it was written 60 years ago and some readers might find its content uncomfortable or even politically incorrect, it is an immensely accessible tale of 21-year old Braddon's experiences as a POW in Singapore during WW2. The tale is dramatic, terrifying, incredibly moving, occasionally funny and very raw in its almost unemotional recounting of what Braddon and his friends dealt with during their years of imprisonment. Any time ...more
Peter Jowers
Oct 24, 2012 Peter Jowers rated it it was amazing
I read this book soon after it came out, and some time later I read, "The End of a Hate". I have been unable to find this book via Goodreads, but if you google :, you will be able to find that it is available from a number of used bookshops in several countries. Do read this book after reading "The Naked Island". This man realised that foregiveness clears the mind; check out "The Railway Man" by Eric Lomax.
Also in my list see "Hiroshima".
Dec 25, 2014 Connie added it
just got back from Australia where every town (no matter the size) has a memorial to the WWs; this book made me realize how close Australia was to WWII and how unprepared some of the men were for the Japanese and how cruel the Japanese were to their POWs; first hand report of the Aussie spirit of making the best of a bad situation;
Jul 29, 2011 Andrew rated it it was amazing
An awesome eye opener into the experience of being an Aussie taken by the Japanese as a POW in World War II. The stuff these blokes went through just blew my mind!
Apr 22, 2013 Tim rated it really liked it
This is a great book and one I have given to several Japanese friends to fill the hole in their knowledge of WW2.
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Russell Reading Braddon was an Australian writer of novels, biographies and TV scripts. His chronicle of his four years as a prisoner of war, "The Naked Island", sold more than a million copies.

Braddon was born in Sydney, Australia, the son of a barrister. He served in the Malayan campaign during World War II. He was held as a prisoner of war by the Japanese in Pudu and Changi prisons and on the T
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