It Won't Be Long Now

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  • Copyright: 2016-06-07
  • Publisher: Blacksmith Books

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Japanmarched into the British colony of Hong Kong at the outbreak of thePacific War on December 8, 1941. On the same day, Graham Heywood wascaptured by the invading Japanese near the border while carrying outduties for the Royal Observatory. He was held at various places inthe New Territories before being transported to the militaryPrisoner-of-War camp in Sham Shui Po, Kowloon. The Japanese refusedto allow Heywood and his colleague Leonard Starbuck to join thecivilians at the Stanley internment camp.
Heywood'sillustrated diary records his three-and-a-half years of internment,telling a story of hardship, adversity, and survival of malnutritionand disease; as well as repeated hopes of liberation anddisappointment. As he awaits the end of the war, his reflections uponfreedom and imprisonment bring realisations about life and how tolive it.
“Accountsof life in the internment camp differed widely. One friend, anenthusiastic biologist, was full of his doings; he had grown championvegetables, had seen all sort of rare birds (including vultures,after the corpses) and had run a successful yeast brewery.Altogether, he said, it had been a great experience ... a bit toolong, perhaps, but not bad fun at all. Another ended up her accountby saying ‘Oh, Mr. Heywood, it was hell on earth'. It alldepended on their point of view.”
Heywood'shighly positive attitude to life is food for thought for all of ustoday, in the midst of increasing consumerism but decreasingspiritual satisfaction. We have enjoyed freedom and an abundance ofmaterial wealth in the 70 years since the end of the Pacific War, butperhaps we may not recognise our true good fortune.

Author Biography

Graham Heywood was born in England in 1903 and was sent to Hong Kong in 1932 to join the Royal Observatory. He became its Director in 1946 afterHong Kong's liberation from Japanese occupation, and served until 1955. He died peacefullyat home in England in 1985.
Author'sprevious books: Rambles in Hong Kong, ISBN 9780195858167

Table of Contents

Biographyof Graham Heywood
Chapter1 – Capture
Chapter2 – The Gilded Cage
Chapter3 – Sham Shui Po
Chapter4 – Reactions
Chapter5 – Escapes and Departures
Chapter6 – Malnutrition
Chapter7 – Work
Chapter8 – Roll on the Years
Chapter9 – Diversions
Chapter10 – Trading
Chapter11 – Operation Joyride
Mummy'sBanyan Tree
SomeDrawings by Graham Heywood

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