BIOGRAPHY OF JOE STIRLING by PHYLLIDA SCRIVENS published by Pen and Sword Books on 5th January 2016. The true story of a remarkable boy who walked across Europe to escape the dangers of Nazi Germany and went on to become Sheriff of Norwich. USE DROP DOWN MENU TO LEARN HOW TO ORDER YOUR COPY SIGNED BY BOTH JOE STIRLING AND AUTHOR.
Today is yet another Red Letter for Escaping Hitler: A Jewish Boy’s Quest for Freedom and His Future as it appears at number 1, top of the best selling list from Jarrold’s Bookshop in Norwich, England, as published in the Eastern Daily Press, 13th February 2016. This is beyond exciting. When my debut book was published I would fantasise about being No. 1 in the Local Books listing, never imagining that it would be considered a National title. Fantastic progress in just four weeks. Thanks everyone who has bought the book so far.
On Friday 5th February, the day following the book launch of Escaping Hitler at Jarrolds in Norwich, both the Eastern Daily Press and Evening News carried this story by journalist Lauren Cope about the event. So grateful for local support, coming at me from all quarters! Joe and I are speaking at the Norwich Synagogue this afternoon! And now that Escaping Hitler is available on Kindle, many more people will soon learn about the life of Joe Stirling. Wonderful.
With my current stocks of Escaping Hitler now running low, I will soon be re-ordering from my publisher. Unfortunately the price per copy to me has increased so from my official launch date of 4th February 2016 (10 days time) the price for a signed copy direct from me will be £19.50 plus £4 postage. This is still well below the £25 recommended retail price as printed on the inside cover…. SO, if you would like to snap up your copy at the introductory price of £17 plus postage, now is the time. Full information of your options below….
The book came in at number 9 in Jarrolds Book Department weekly Top Ten National Sellers list, as published in Saturday’s Eastern Daily Press in Norwich. I could not be more delighted…. thanks to those who have already bought, I hope you are enjoying living Joe’s life alongside him…..!
1. U.K. FOLLOWERS: EITHER mail a cheque payable to Mrs P Scrivens at 7 St Lucia Court, 38 Yarmouth Road, Norwich NR7 0EQ along with your home address and telephone number and I will mail a book out to you along with a receipt. (Orders dated before 4th February will be at £17 plus £4 p&p, dated after 4th February will be £19.50 plus £4 p&p)
2. OR call me on 01603 300212 and quote me your credit or debit card details (just like you do when ordering tickets for the cinema!) I have a Paypal machine so I can take cards over the phone. I will then mail your book.
3. OR email me at email@example.com and I will email you my bank account details by return so that you can pay electronically. Once it is cleared I will mail your book.
All books will be mailed in a cardboard mailer which can fit two books. Postage the same price for two books as for one.
4. OVERSEAS FOLLOWERS: Unfortunately postage from the UK is very expensive in small quantities. I would advise you to order from either Amazon.co.uk or from Pen and Sword Books website at http://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/Escaping-Hitler-Hardback/p/11628. Pen and Sword can send out signed copies if you request this at the end of the online ordering process.
The January edition of the glossy EDP Norfolk Magazine is now available, with a full page article on page 40 promoting Escaping Hitler in advance of publication later this month. I am grateful to journalist Rowan Mantell for a sensitive and enthusiastic report. I was very excited to find a full page photo of myself opposite the piece, much to the amusement of other shoppers in the supermarket!! Not long now before I will be setting up an online store from this website where you can place an order for my debut biography. Keep a look out for it!
I can hardly believe it – I have received an email from a feature journalist with the Archant glossy publication ‘Norfolk Magazine’. Rowan Mantell, one of the senior writers wants to interview me for the January edition about my book EscapingHitler, Joe’s life and how it all came about. She has requested a ‘publicity shot’ and a photo of the book cover. I will be going into the Newspaper office next Monday. It will be very strange being interviewed having spent the past five years interviewing Joe and over 35 others for my research! The marketing machine is really cranking up!
I would love to share with you a letter to the editor, published recently in Let’s Talk Magazine, an East Anglian magazine from the Archant stable. During the summer I had responded to an earlier letter in the magazine detailing her wish to meet with Joe. I suggested I drive him to her home for tea and we duly turned up one summer’s day this year. It was lovely to see Anne so ‘star struck’ and Joe was on good form. Here is her letter – it seems we did the right thing!
Tea and a few tears with Joe from Ann Ramsbottom Little Plumstead, Norwich
Many thanks for publishing my letter re Joe Stirling (March). As a result, I received a call from Phyllida Scrivens, who is writing his biography. Now a firm friend of his, she said he and his niece would be lunching with her. Having shown him my letter to you, he was happy to come over for a visit to us.
Of course I was surprised and delighted, and they duly arrived. Joe had a captive audience as he recounted some of his experiences. It is one thing to read of the atrocities inflicted on the Jewish population, but quite another to listen to someone who, together with his family, had actually suffered them.
I had to tear myself away to be a good hostess and make tea, so missed some of the conversation.
Joe is a charming gentleman and thanked me for inviting him to our home as he is just an ordinary man. I couldn’t agree with him there and said the thanks were all mine as it was an honour. I had hoped some day to catch one of his talks and meet him then but never imagined I would be serving him tea and home made cake in our home. He complimented me on the cake and laughingly asked for the recipe.
I complimented him on his taste in shirts and he quickly asked how much I would give him for it. As Phyllida said, he was a businessman.
Both Phyllida and Gail, his niece, were warm and charming ladies and I am so grateful to Phyllida taking time out of her busy life to bring them on a visit to us.
My husband and I enjoyed every moment despite a few tears on hearing of some of Joe’s experiences on his trek to freedom. I cannot wait to read the book, to be published January 2016.
I am indebted to journalist Derek Neale who has included some free publicity for my book Escaping Hitler, in the May edition of nostalgia magazine Let’s Talk Magazine published in Norwich. The story on Joe Stirling is amongst other articles in a special supplement to note the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Thanks Derek. I will admit I am feeling the pressure right now with one week to go to my deadline for submission. Ploughing on, not quite there yet……