Cannot believe it is exactly 12 months today since our Grand Launch in Jarrold. It was one of the most thrilling moments of my life when I came into the room to be greeted by 220 relatives, friends and members of the public. And then to see Joe Stirling at the front, just as I had always imagined it might be. The two of us at our launch book signing! And since then it has gone from strength to strength, the first print run of 1,300 books by Pen and Sword Books selling out before Christmas, a reprint, a visit to Germany to give two talks and sell books, over 40 public speaking engagements, most of them with Joe, and now in January this year the book has been published and launched in the U.S. by Skyhorse Publications of New York. Loads of coverage and reviews in the press and in magazines such as the Association of Jewish Refugees and Lions Clubs International, nearly 500 followers on Facebook. Wonderful progress – and all the while researching for my second book! Just wanted to share my joy with you.
This morning I had the pleasure of meeting again with Günter Hahn from the Norwich-Koblenz Friendship Association, who was my translator from the Bundesarchiv Escaping Hitler book event in Koblenz on 11th May (far left of photo). He is visiting Norwich for just two nights, along with the Oberbürgermeister of Koblenz, Prof. Dr. Joachim Hofmann-Göttig (far right of photo). It is the Lord Mayor’s first visit to Norwich, a trip which has included a concert at the Cathedral (where he met Joe Stirling), a trip to the Sainsbury’s Centre at UEA and lunch at the Britannia Cafe next to the Prison! The Lord Mayor was delightful and I gave him a copy of my book, signed by both me and Joe of course! I hope he has a longer stay in our fine city on his next visit to Norwich.