The Barbed Wire University by Midge Gillies
The Real Lives of Allied Prisoners of War in the Second World War

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In the end this is a riveting collection of stories about incredible resourcefulness.
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The conventional picture of Allied POWs in the World War II prisoner-of-war camps is of escape attempts (Colditz and The Great Escape) or terrible brutality (the Far Eastern camps and The Bridge on the River Kwai). But what did the men really do all day? In fact, as this extraordinary and acclaimed book shows, British prisoners showed the most amazing ingenuity and determination to turn their camp into a hive of every kind of activity.

 

About Midge Gillies

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Midge Gillies has written six books including highly acclaimed biographies of the record-breaking pilot Amy Johnson, and Edwardian music hall star, Marie Lloyd. In Waiting for Hitler, Britain on the Brink of Invasion she recreated the tension and fear that permeated the summer of 1940. She studied at Cambridge University and has written for a wide range of publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Independent and the Los Angeles Times. She is a part-time tutor for the University of Cambridge's Institute of Continuing Education. Her father was a prisoner of war in Europe and she is married to the prize-winning crime novelist, Jim Kelly. They live in Cambridgeshire with their daughter, Rosa.
 
Published June 6, 2011 by Aurum Press. 540 pages
Genres: History, War, Political & Social Sciences, Biographies & Memoirs, Crime.
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Reviewed by Nicholas Lezard on Jun 12 2012

In the end this is a riveting collection of stories about incredible resourcefulness.

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Reviewed by Pam Norfolk on Jul 17 2012

The amazing story of how creativity and ingenuity became the key to survival for POWs takes centre stage in Midge Gillies’ inspirational account of servicemen who turned to sport, recreation and learning to alleviate fear and uncertainty.

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