The Changi Book
edited by Lachlan Grant


Hardback | Aug 2015 | NewSouth | 9781742231617 | 352pp | 240x200mm | Stocked item (plenty) | GEN | AUD$59.99, NZD$72.99


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