The plight of Far Eastern Prisoners during the Second World War has been a feature of Pen and Sword's list for many years and we have over 20 books which cover the topic.
With the upcoming Hollywood blockbuster The Railway Man now bringing the subject to a wider audience, Pen and Sword has an extensive list for those wishing to explore this harrowing subject further.
In a new paperback edition of Burma Railway Man, Charles Steel constructs the story of the 'slaves' who worked on the Burma - Siam railway, using 180 letters which he illegally wrote and then hid from his captors.
In the newly published Life on the Death Railway, Stuart Young recounts how he survived despite the back-breaking work, the brutal, merciless treatment by his guards and near starvation rations amid the constant threat of disease.
Another new title, Len Baynes' The Will to Live, is an extraordinary account of 1,000 days as a Japanese POW, which includes his descriptions of life and death working on the Railway.
Peter Jackson not only survived working on The Railway, but he also managed to escape before being recaptured and treated harshly by the 'sadistic psychopaths' who guarded him. He tells his story in Sacrifice, Captivity and Escape.
In Railway of Hell, Reggie Burton tells of how he and his dwindling band of colleagues were put to work building the notorious Burma Railway. Somehow he survived to also tell his moving and shocking story.
No Mercy from the Japanese is John Wyatt's tale of survival against the odds. Here he recounts how, unlike the majority of his comrades, he made it through. Twenty-six per cent of British soldiers working on the Burma Railway perished.
Lost Souls of the River Kwai is Bill Read's version of events on the Railway and, as with many of the other authors on this list, he goes on to describe how events in the Far East affected him for the rest of his life.
Despite the many harrowing tales, there are also many inspirational stories from this difficult period, and we have two biographies of soldiers who provided medical relief to their comrades:
In the Shadow of Death is the autobiography of Taff James who was put to work as a medic by his company commander. His account of the conditions and suffering endured by his fellow prisoners and himself makes for the most extraordinary and disturbing reading.
Healing in Hell is Ken Adams' description of the terrible conditions endured at the hands of the Japanese and Korean guards and, worst of all, the Kempetai secret police. He found himself faced with cases far beyond his medical expertise. Diseases such as dysentery, malaria, avitaminosis, cholera and smallpox were prevalent and had to be treated with minimal or no medicines.