Last updated: 5 July 2012
Think of an Allied prisoner-of-war (POW) camp and you might imagine the daring escapes from Colditz or the terrible brutality of the Far East. But as Midge Gillies, whose own father was a POW, discovered while researching her book, 'The Barbed-Wire University', the truth of everyday life was even more remarkable.
Midge Gillies has written seven books, including a biography of record-breaking pilot Amy Johnson and 'Waiting for Hitler', about the tense summer of 1940.
She is a part-time tutor for Cambridge University's Institute of Continuing Education.