Month: June 2015


I was delighted to learn that Joe Stirling has recently told the remarkable story of his early life to a packed audience at the Park Lane Chapel (one of his very favourite musical venues) in Norwich.  They were spell bound (as everyone always is) and hopefully they will inspired to learn more from my book Escaping Hitler, when it is published in January next year.  I wasn’t able to get a ticket, they sold out so fast!  Still, I have heard it before…..!

Joe speaks to Sunday Assembly June 2015


Awaiting patiently while my editor at Pen and Sword Books pours over my 90,000 word manuscript of ‘Escaping Hitler: A Jewish Boy’s Quest for Freedom and His Future’.  Expecting to receive his comments sometime soon when I will doubtless have to make copious amendments.  Really strange not having to write Joe’s story anymore, but plenty still to do before the publication in January 2016.  Still receiving requests to speak to interest groups, having discussions about signings, visiting Joe for cups of tea and having early ponderings about the massive index I will have to produce!  Maybe I should just enjoy the lull before the storm.

Hope you like the new theme for this blog.  Thought it about time to slightly change the look.

Another photo to remind you why I wrote this book...
Another photo to remind you why I wrote this book…


Not content with foot stepping the life of Joe Stirling in Germany, Holland and the UK, during our recent holiday to California my husband and I made a point of visiting two spots that feature in my forthcoming biography Escaping Hitler.  Whilst in Las Vegas we took a bus to the historical end of the city where it all began and to where Joe took a group of UK Lions to their first International Convention in 1971.  The city has now placed a roof over Fremont Street and turned it into a retrospective tourist destination but the original icons such as the huge cowboy sign and the Golden Nugget Casino are still there.  A week later we went to San Francisco, our hotel being on Market Street, the very street where the Lions Parade of 1984 marched in celebration of the first UK International President Bert Mason.  We sought out the prestigious Sir Francis Drake Hotel in the heart of the city, where Joe booked a penthouse suite for his daughter Jane and secretary Anne, along with their husbands in order that they could use the facilities as an office during that enormous convention.  We met with the doorman who still continues the hotel tradition of dressing like a London Beefeater!  These stories are covered in detail in the book to be published by Pen and Sword Books in January 2016.  Please visit my Facebook page and ‘Like’ the page if you would like to be kept informed of events surrounding the publication.

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