Faith Johnston is a Canadian writer and former teacher. She worked in Chandigarh for two years and now lives in Winnipeg, Canada, and in Pune. She is married to Air Commodore Manbir Singh Vr.C, VM. (Retd). Her biography of one of Canada's first women parliamentarians, A Great Restlessness, was shortlisted for six awards and won five. Four Miles to Freedom is her third book.
When Flight Lieutenant Dilip Parulkar was shot down over Pakistan on 10 December 1971, he quickly turned that catastrophe into the greatest adventure of his life. On 13 August 1972, Parulkar, along with Malvinder Singh Grewal and Harish Sinhji, escaped from a POW camp in Rawalpindi. Four Miles to Freedom is their story. Based on interviews with eight Indian fighter pilots who helped prepare the escape and the two who escaped, as well as research into other sources, Four Miles is also the moving, sometimes amusing, account of how twelve fighter pilots from different ranks and backgrounds coped with deprivation, forced intimacy, and the pervasive uncertainty of a year in captivity, and how they came together to support Parulkar‰۪s courageous escape plan.