REVIEW by Paul Cooper

NWR Issue 105

The Road to En-Dor

Lieutenant Elias Henry Jones was a Welsh officer in the Indian Army, captured by Ottoman forces during the First World War and interned in the notorious Yozgad prisoner of war camp in Turkey. What happened next might never have been known, had the lieutenant not escaped from the camp and written a memoir, originally published in 1919: The Road to En-Dor, which is coming out in a new release nearly one hundred years after it was first published, with a foreword by Neil Gaiman.

The autobiographical tale follows the young EH Jones as he adjusts to life in Yozgad under the eagle-eyed camp commandant and his officious underlings. There the story might have ended, too, had the inmates of the camp not decided to experiment with that most quintessentially Victorian spiritualist pastime – the Ouija board.

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