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British bestselling author Damien Lewis is an award-winning journalist who has spent twenty years reporting from war, disaster, and conflict zones. Now Lewis brings his first-rate narrative skills to bear on the inspiriting tale of Judy—an English pointer who perhaps was the only canine prisoner of war.

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After being bombed and shipwrecked repeatedly while serving for several wild and war-torn years as a mascot of the World War II Royal Navy Yangtze river gunboats the Gnat and the Grasshopper, Judy ended up in Japanese prisoner of war camps in North Sumatra. Along with locals as slave labor, the American, Australian, and British POWs were forced to build a 1,200-mile single-track railroad through the most horrifying jungles and treacherous mountain passes. Like the one immortalized in the film The Bridge on the River Kwai, this was the other death-railroad building project where POWs slaved under subhuman conditions.

In the midst of this living hell was a beautiful and regal-looking liver and white English pointer named Judy. Whether she was scavenging food to help feed the starving inmates of a hellish Japanese POW camp, or by her presence alone bringing inspiration and hope to men, she was cherished and adored by the Allied servicemen who fought to survive alongside her. From the author of The Dog Who Could Fly and the coauthor of Sergeant Rex and It's All About Treo comes one of the most heartwarming and inspiring tales you will ever hear.

"Marrying a thrilling real-life plot with evocative writing . . . [this will be] appreciated by dog lovers, military history enthusiasts, and those who enjoy a solid adventure/survival story." ---Library Journal

"The extraordinary story of the only animal POW held during the Second World War." ---Sunday Times

"One of the most famous animals of the Second World War." ---Daily Express

"The dog of war whose sixth sense saved hundreds of lives." ---Mail on Sunday

"Ben Addis’ sensitive reading contains a vocalization of the horrors of war, the deprivation, the starvation, the sickness caused by malnutrition, plus the increase in disease-carrying insects they had to endure during the monsoon season." ---Sound Commentary Starred Review
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Damien Lewis


The Unforgettable Story of the Dog Who Went to War and Became a True Hero

Author Damien Lewis

Narrated by Ben Addis

Publication date Sep 20, 2017

Running time 11 hrs

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