1st ed., 1997. 254 pp., 7 photo-plates + 8 maps. D.j., 22 x 14cm. FINE. Signed by the Author with a book launch invitation from the publishers tipped-in. Here is a remarkable account of one man's experiences as a prisoner of the Japanese during World War II. On Volcano Bay, Yakumo, his task was leveling and firming agricultural land for an airfield ; at Muroran his work consisted of slave labour at the furnaces of the Wanishi Iron and Steel Corporation near the prison camp ; and at the mountainous centre of the island at Ashibetsu, the work was mainly on a local coal mine. Based on the author's diaries, hidden from the Japanese, it portrays day-to-day life in astonishing detail and makes compulsive reading. Signed by the Author.