Tony Rennell from the Daily Mail describes The Ticket Collector from Belarus by Mike Anderson and Neil Hanson as a compelling new book.
Over the years, hundreds of thousands of City commuters filed past the sour-faced ticket collector at busy London Bridge railway station but never gave him a second glance.
Tony Sawoniuk, an expat Pole, didn’t say much to anyone, no cheery ‘good mornings’ or ‘good evenings’. Nor did he look up from underneath his peaked cap as he checked their tickets and ushered the tide of humanity through the gates.
Perhaps, inside his head, he was reflecting that, in a past he was desperate to keep hidden, he had a lot of experience of donning a uniform and herding people . . . to their deaths.