Willie Steyn, the author, was one of six hundred Boer prisoners sent by ship to the island of Ceylon to be interned in the Diyatalawa prisoner-of-war camp during the Anglo-Boer War. While their ship was anchored in Colombo harbour on a dark, moonless night, Steyn and four of his fellow prisoners lowered themselves into the sea, each waiting until his predecessor had got away undetected by the guards on board and in vessels patrolling around the ship.
The charm of Steynâ€™s personal account of his adventures lies in its understatement and its matter-of-fact simplicity. He does not portray himself as a hero, nor does he lay any claim to fame, but his account gathers intensity and force as the story progresses. Willie Steyn was intent on escape from the moment he was taken into captivity, and the reader experiences a corresponding intensity, encountering Willie as a free spirit throughout his captivity and his protracted journey home.
Deneys Reitz â€“ author of Commando and well known for his own bravery â€“ called Steyn â€˜one of our bravest menâ€™, and described Steynâ€™s escape as ''a deed that is in my opinion without equal in the history of escape.''
Dimensions : 137 x 213mm
Format : Paperback
Age Group : ADULT
Page Numbers : 184