As an interview-style radio programme, The Rainbow through the Rain won top prize in the 2005 Sandford St.Martin Trust Religious Radio Awards. Julia Neuberger, chair of Judges said, "We were all deeply moved by the powerful and compelling narrative."


The Rainbow through the Rain is the touching, humorous story of Geoffrey Mowat’s involvement in the Malacca Volunteers, his escape and subsequent imprisonment as a POW in Malaysia and Thailand.

From his daring escape to the mainland, as Singapore surrendered to Japanese occupation, to his capture and survival in harsh conditions on the Railway, Geoffrey’s story details the amazing ways in which camps functioned efficiently under their British officers, and allied prisoners overcame hardships through a stubborn resistance in the face of brutality.

The rigours of life as a Japanese POW would stay with him for many years, the journey towards forgiveness being a key part of his story. His experiences would eventually lead him to take up a calling into ministry in the Anglican Church.

The Rainbow through the Rain, 150 pages illustrated with photos, maps and index, ISBN 0-9517695-9-6 is available from Alison Brierley, Geof’s daughter, email, for £9.99 (inc.p+p)

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Click here to download part one of Geoffrey Mowat's story.

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