Surviving Tenko: The Story of Margot Turner

Penny Starns

Published by The History Press, 2011
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Synopsis: Margot Turner's tale of survival is so unusual and dramatic that it inspired the 1980s television series Tenko. The cargo ship on which she was evacuated from Singapore in 1942 was shelled, leaving her on a makeshift raft with 16 other survivors. One by one they perished, leaving her alone, burnt black by the sun, and suffering from heat exhaustion and dehydration. Discovered by a Japanese destroyer and imprisoned on Banka Island, Turner was beaten and tortured, before being taken to the notorious Palembang jail. Here, crammed with murderers and rapists in a filthy cell, she spent six months, living in daily fear of joining the many who were noisily tortured and executed. In this, the first biography for 40 years, Penny Starns describes the often horrific, but occasionally heart-warming, experiences of this unbreakable woman who, not content with surviving the war, went on to become a brigadier and Chief Military Nurse. Using recently released material from The National Archives and Turner's own words, she re-analyses the Pacific conflict against a backdrop of one woman's incredible fortitude and strength, and brings the story of a remarkable woman to life.

About the Author: Penny Starns has researched and taught history at Cambridge, London and Bristol universities, and has written history program for BBC Radio 4. Her other books include Nurses at War, Evacuation of Children during World War II, and Odette.

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Title: Surviving Tenko: The Story of Margot Turner
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Book Description The History Press Ltd, United Kingdom, 2011. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. The dramatic tale of Margot Turner s survival as a prisoner of war during the Pacific conflict of the Second World War inspired the 1980s television series Tenko. The cargo ship on which she was evacuated from Singapore in 1942 was shelled, leaving her on a makeshift raft with sixteen other survivors. One by one they perished, leaving her along, burnt black by the sun, and suffering from heat exhaustion and dehydration. Discovered by a Japanese destroyer, she was imprisoned on Banka Island and nursed back to health by nuns. A nurse by profession, Margot was initially permitted to help run the operating theatre on her recovery, when, unexpectedly she was arrested by the dreaded Kempeitai and thrown into Palembang jail. There, crammed with murderers and rapists in a filthy cell, she spent six months living in daily fear of joining the many prisoners who were noisily tortured and executed, before being returned to the prisoner-of-war camps for the duration of the war. In this, the first biography for forty years, Penny Starns describes the often horrific but occasionally heart-warming experiences of this unbreakable woman who, not content with surviving the war, went on to become a brigadier and matron-in-chief of the British Army nursing services. Using recently released material from the National Archives and Turner s own words, Starns re-analyses the Pacific conflict against a backdrop of one person s incredible fortitude and strength, and brings the story of a remarkable woman to life. PENNY STARNS has researched and taught history at Cambridge, London and Bristol universities, and has written history programmes for BBC Radio 4. Her other books include Nurses at War, Evacuation of Children during World War II and Odette. Bookseller Inventory # AA79780752455532

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