The story of Changi, told by those who lived through it. In the tradition of The Anzac Book comes this fascinating collection of accounts of life in the notorious Changi prison camp. Changi is synonymous with suffering, hardship and the Australian prisoner-of-war experience in WWII. It is also a story of ingenuity, resourcefulness and survival. Containing essays, cartoons, paintings, and photographs created by prisoners of war, The Changi Book provides a unique view of the camp: life-saving medical innovation, machinery and tools created from spare parts and scrap, black-market dealings, sport and gambling, theatre productions, and the creation of a library and university. Seventy years after its planned publication, material for The Changi Book was rediscovered in the Australian War Memorial archives. It appears here for the first time along with insights from the Memorial's experts. 'A moving insiders' account of life in Changi.' -Peter FitzSimons 'A fresh perspective on Changi: illuminating stories from the inside.' -Les Carlyon
Lachlan Grant is a historian in the Military History Section at the Australian War Memorial. He has a PhD in history from Monash University and has published widely on Australian experiences of the Second World War in Europe, Asia and the Pacific, and on the prisonerof- war experience. Lachlan's first book, Australian soldiers in Asia-Pacific in WorldWar II , was published by NewSouth in 2014. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University.