John McCarthy hears about tracing the footsteps of WWII POWs.
Tom Carver is a writer and former BBC foreign correspondent who worked in a number of war zones including Rwanda, Bosnia and Somalia. He was also the correspondent in Washington. He is the step-grandson of Field Marshal Montgomery.Find out more about Tom Carver
Tom is the author of Where the hell have you been? which recounts the experiences of his father Captain Richard Carver who escaped from a prison camp in Italy in 1943 and went on the run behind German lines. Tom found himself tracking down the Italian family who had helped him and exploring the cave in Abruzzi where his father had hidden.
Where The Hell Have You Been: Monty, Italy and One Man’s Incredible Escape
Publisher: Short Books, London
Julie Summers is a biographer, a historian and an author. Julie's grandfather was Lieutenant-Colonel Phillip Toosey of the Territorial Army captured by the Japanese during the fall of Singapore in 1942 and put to work as the senior British officer building the infamous Bridge on the River Kwai in Thailand. Julie went to Thailand where she found the real story very different from the image given in the famous film. To ensure that Phillip Toosey would not be confused with Col. Nicholson, the Alec Guinness role in the famous film, Julie wrote The Colonel of Tamarkan an account of her grandfather’s war.Find out more about Julie Summers
The Colonel of Tamarkan: Philip Toosey and the Bridge on the River Kwai
Publisher: Pocket Books; New edition
Audio CD: The Colonel of Tamarkan: Philip Toosey and the Bridge on the River Kwai
Publisher: Chrome Audio; Abridged edition
Each year the travel magazine Wanderlust gives the Paul Morrison Guide Awards to celebrate the achievements of the world’s best guides and tour leaders. This year’s ceremony took place in London earlier this week and while the bronze and silver prizes went to guides from Jordan and India, the gold was awarded to Diego Torres from Ecuador.Find out more about Diego Torres
Diego is from the capital of Ecuador, Quito. His interest in guiding started at the age of 12. He later got jobs as a guide in his school holidays in local museums and places of interest. At 17 he went to study tourism at Quito University.
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