The Long Walk by Slavomir Rawicz and The Real Mr Smith by Linda Willis

(Wendy Wise) #1

I just listened to a fascinating programme on Radio 4: Published in 1956 it apparently created a sensation and has been made into a film by Peter Weir called “The Way Back”, due for release in January . Did the author really do as he claimed and escape from a wartime Soviet Gulag and trek for 4000 miles on foot to India or did he steal someone else’s story? Has anyone ever read this?

His story was investigated by Linda Willis in "The Real Mr Smith" who threw a lot of doubt on the story...but new evidence has been brought to light....