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King Rat

The Fourth Novel of the Asian Saga

By James Clavell

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The completely uncut edition of James Clavell's classic KING RAT, in fresh new packaging for a new generation of readers

Set in Changi, the most notorious prisoner of war camp in Asia, King Rat is an heroic story of survival told by a master story-teller who lived through those years as a young soldier. Only one man in fifteen had the strength, the luck, and the cleverness simply to survive Changi. And then there was King.

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  • ISBN: 9780340750681
  • Publication date: 01 Jul 1999
  • Page count: 416
  • Imprint: Hodder Paperbacks
A splendidly exciting and original story — Sunday Telegraph
Terrifyingly exciting suspense — Ian Fleming
KING RAT is the best novel in English to have come out of Japanese prisoner of war camps . . . James Clavell is a teller of stories. They are complicated and exciting, and you are desperate to know what will happen to his characters because they are like the people you know from your own life and experience, set in strange and sometimes terrible circumstances — John Simpson
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