I am indebted to Terence Burchell from Mulbarton near Norwich for this video of me speaking to a lovely audience at Hanover Gardens, Mulbarton in June this year, as part of the Mulbarton Words Festival. I hope some of you will take 30 minutes of your lives to watch as I describe the early life of Joe Stirling, Kindertransport boy and former Sheriff of Norwich, as well as a little about how my debut biography came to be published by Pen and Sword Books in January. In January 2017 this remarkable man’s story will be available even more widely when Skyhorse Publishing of New York publish and distribute my book to the book lovers of the U.S.A. To purchase a signed copy directly from me take a look at the menu on this WordPress blog to find my contact details. Many thanks….
Today counts as one of the most exciting of my life, alongside two marriages, two births and two graduations… 200 copies of my debut book Escaping Hitler arrived from Pen and Sword Books at my Norwich home. I love it! The cover is glossy, the scent of ‘new print’, evocative photographs and foreword by a national figure. It is everything I dreamed it would be, my debut book, a proper hardback with my name on the spine… I could not be happier. Within two hours of the delivery van arriving here, Victor and I drove over to Joe Stirling, the subject of the biography, where he was patiently awaiting our arrival. Joe is also thrilled with how the book looks and I signed a copy for him. We left him embarking on a marathon read – I doubt he will not go to bed tonight! Here are some photos so that you can share this special day with me. Tomorrow we will set up an online store from this site – hopefully from the weekend Escaping Hitler will be open for business!
Could not be more excited! This morning I received a large parcel from Pen and Sword books containing my first ever type set proof of my manuscript for Escaping Hitler complete with the foreword by Shirley Williams. Now I have to work on producing an index and check the photo captions. Nearly there…. Beautiful drawing of boy running is courtesy of my talented sister Alison White. Looking forward to receiving a confirmed publication date in January 2016 hopefully in time for Holocaust Memorial Day. In the meantime if you can find your way to my Facebook page for the book at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Escaping-Hitler-A-Jewish-Boys-Quest-for-Freedom-and-his-Future/1456106047996737
and like the page, this will keep you updated on publication, signings, talks and how to get hold of your signed copy.
Exciting news today – Baroness Williams of Crosby (Shirley Williams) has agreed to write a foreword for Escaping Hitler:A Jewish Boy’s Quest for Freedom and A Future’. Her mother, writer and poet Vera Brittain, was at Oxford University with Günter’s first British guardian. Also Joe was part of the team that helped fight Shirley’s first by-election in Harwich back in the 1950s. I wrote to her recently and today I had the result! I am delighted.