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The Colonel of Tamarkan (Abridged)
Philip Toosey and the Bridge on the River Kwai
Read by Anton Lesser

Abridged by Neville Teller

A remarkable tribute to a forgotten British hero.

Alec Guinness won an Oscar for his portrayal of Colonel Nicholson in The Bridge on the River Kwai, but his role bore scant resemblance to the facts. Anton Lesser’s wonderful and at times deeply moving reading of The Colonel of Tamarkan brings Julie’s book about her grandfather, Philip Toosey, alive. A new whistling of the Colonel Bogey theme was commissioned for the audio recording and it reminds one that Toosey’s life has been linked inextricably with the film but the real story is so much more interesting and complex than the 1957 epic.

‘When writing a biography I imagine the reader to enter my subject’s life, in this case that of my grandfather. It is a one-to-one relationship. When a book is abridged for audio, the story comes alive in a new way, which is thrilling. From the very outset I wanted Anton Lesser to read this book. I was convinced that he would succeed in capturing the essence of my grandfather with his wonderful voice. He has.’

Anton Lesser Anton Lesser has performed widely on stage, in film and on television. He has played many leading roles with the RSC, where he is an Associate Artist, and is particularly well-known for his spoken word and radio work. His recordings including Paradise Lost, The Odyssey and Great Expectations, which won a Talkie Award.

“enthralling and full of unexpected detail”
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This audio CD is an abridged version of the book. To view details of the book, click here.


Published in September 2009 by Chrome Audio

ISBN 978-0-9560740-1-0