Tim Bowden: Stubborn Buggers
Tom Keneally Centre Reading
There was a place far worse than Changi. In his new book Stubborn Buggers, Tim Bowden reveals the little known story of twelve Australian POWs whose grit, determination and larrikin humour gave them the strength to survive the brutality of Singapore’s Outram Road.
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About Stubborn Buggers
Stubborn Buggers is the story of twelve Australian POWs who fought and survived the action in Malaya before the fall of Singapore, and endured captivity and slave labour on the Thai-Burma Railway and Sandakan.
And then they faced the unimaginable hardships of Outram Road Gaol where they dealt with the brutality of the feared Japanese military police, the Kempeitai. This was a place of punishment and death, where executions be beheading by Samurai sword, hanging, or shooting took place continuously between 1942 and 1945
Stubborn Buggers is the story of how they found a way to go on living even when facing a future of no hope and slow death. But it is about more than suffering and brutality; it is also a story of grit, determination and larrikin humour and the triumph of the human spirit.
Tim Bowden is an acclaimed oral historian, broadcaster, and radio and television documentary maker who, for many years as host of Backchat, was known as the face of the ABC. He is author of many books including the much acclaimed One Crowded Hour: Neil Davis, combat cameraman, The Change Camera: A unique record of Changi and the Thai-Burma Railway and the “Penelope‟ outback travel series.