A Week in September: A story of enduring love from the Burma Railway by Peter Rees and Sue Langford

Doug Heywood was a teenager when he discovered, in a shoebox hidden in a wardrobe, hundreds of letters, all written by his father, Scott Heywood. As a POW on the infamous Burma Railway, Scott wrote almost daily to his young wife, Margery, on scraps of paper that had to be hidden from guards. These letters tell of an enduring love – and also, intriguingly, of how Scott dealt with the most brutally testing circumstances.

Scott’s story has echoes of another story happening 7000 kilometers away at the same time. Viktor Frankl, a psychiatrist, was rounded up with his family and sent to Auschwitz in September 1942. Frankl later wrote in his classic book Man’s Search for Meaning that the last of the human freedoms was the ability ‘to choose one’s attitude in any set of circumstances’. Scott Heywood and Viktor Frankl, on opposite sides of the world, found their own ways to survive that were uncannily similar.

This is the untold story of one man, one ordinary man, and his war. Woven through it is Margery’s story, as she waited anxiously with their two young children in rural Victoria, trapped in an emotional rollercoaster, unaware that he was writing letters to her that could not be posted. This is a powerful and moving story of love, resilience and survival.

ISBN: 9781460759899

Paperback, 368pp, 2021

$34.99

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Doug Heywood was a teenager when he discovered, in a shoebox hidden in a wardrobe, hundreds of letters, all written by his father, Scott Heywood. As a POW on the infamous Burma Railway, Scott wrote almost daily to his young wife, Margery, on scraps of paper that had to be hidden from guards. These letters tell of an enduring love – and also, intriguingly, of how Scott dealt with the most brutally testing circumstances.

Scott’s story has echoes of another story happening 7000 kilometers away at the same time. Viktor Frankl, a psychiatrist, was rounded up with his family and sent to Auschwitz in September 1942. Frankl later wrote in his classic book Man’s Search for Meaning that the last of the human freedoms was the ability ‘to choose one’s attitude in any set of circumstances’. Scott Heywood and Viktor Frankl, on opposite sides of the world, found their own ways to survive that were uncannily similar.

This is the untold story of one man, one ordinary man, and his war. Woven through it is Margery’s story, as she waited anxiously with their two young children in rural Victoria, trapped in an emotional rollercoaster, unaware that he was writing letters to her that could not be posted. This is a powerful and moving story of love, resilience and survival.

ISBN: 9781460759899

Paperback, 368pp, 2021

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Weight 0.800 kg
Dimensions 23 × 15 × 3 cm

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