Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 September 2016

256 Pages

5.4x8.4 inches

ISBN: 9781849046404

Bookseller Code (02)

A Long Watch

War, Captivity and Return in Sri Lanka

Retold by Sunila Galappatti

A Hurst Publication

  • Commodore Ajith Boyagoda as told to Sunila Galappatti
  • Memoir of the highest-ranking prisoner detained by the Tamil Tigers during Sri Lanka's civil war
  • Throughout he observed his captors and fellow prisoners with discreet empathy for the lives of others undone by war
  • Written in spare, speaking, prose, it offers the discreet reflections of a naval officer captive on the sidelines of a long war.
  • Rare first-hand account of political imprisonment-author was held for 8 years
  • It's an unusual prisoner of war story: refusing sensationalism it is written in the voice of a prisoner who accepted his captivity as ordinary, in order to survive it.