The deaths of Helen & Peter Stransky, my father's last remaining cousins
Saturday, 11 July 2020
Yesterday I heard the sad news that Helen & Peter Stransky had both died, within a fortnight of each other - one in Jerusalem and the other in Canada. How strange these things are! They had come to London on Kindertransport and had both been scarred for life by their experiences. Here is the beginnng of Chapter 2 A suprise visitor which describes how I first met Helen and discovered that my father…
Happy Father's Day!
Sunday, 21 June 2020
How many people can say they wrote a book about their Dad on Father's Day? It has been a challenge to write - examining the past and trying to be honest always is. Page proofs due soon with all the photos I have unearthed; here we are off to school in 1963 or so in Dar es Salaam on the back of the piki piki
Remembering Tom/Dad eight years after he died
Friday, 29 May 2020
It's eight years since Tom died...here he is in 1947/8 with a tractor superivising the ploughing on the infamous Groundnut Scheme, launched by the post-war Labour government to grow peanuts to be made into oil to feed the undernourished Brits. There's a whole chapter on this disaster in my book, plus lots of archive photos like this one showing Dad (and Mum) in their early pioneering days. However…
You'll have copies before Christmas!
Thursday, 30 April 2020
I know this might be later than you had hoped - people keep asking me for the book so they have something engrossing to read during these strange days...but publishing, like everything else, takes on its own schedule these days. In fact I'm pleased as the official publishing date will be in the dead time in early 2021 and we will have a fantastic party! Thank you for your patience!
Happy memories of Papua New Guinea
Monday, 13 January 2020
Our recent visit to the Solomon Islands brought back memories of the time I spent in Papua New Guinea with my father. He was head of the UNDP there for seven years, and it was the highlight of his UN career. He loved dressing in his ‘colonial whites’ with knee-length socks and being in charge! He was particularly challenged and rewarded by the West Papuan refugee crisis that erupted in 1977. As…
Celebrating my grandfather Hermann Ungar 90 years on, the original Boy from Boskovice
Thursday, 31 October 2019
I know you keep getting updates from unbound about the book's progress (it's on its way, though it may take some time, to quote a phrase).
Meanwhile I am keeping busy furthering my research and one of my objectives, which is to rekindle interest in my extrordinary writer grandfather Hermann Ungar, who died all too young at 36, before he had reached his full potential but after he had made quite…
Saturday, 6 July 2019
My book is now completety funded thanks to your generosity and my dear Ross who topped up the fund so we could get the book to its next stage!
I shall keep you all updated as to its progress although it may yet be slow as there's lots of pre-prodcution work to do...
Once again heartfelt thanks to you for supporting me.
Have a wonderful summer.
Now up to 55% funded
Saturday, 4 May 2019
A quick thank you this holiday weekend to you all for helping the book along its way. I aim to get it funded by the month-end so if you can share and spread the word, please do...
Here's a sneak preview photograph of my parents as they started life on the Groundnut Scheme in Tanganyika in the late 1940s:
10 days in and 43% target reached
Tuesday, 23 April 2019
Thank you all for your support. Now the Easter weekend is over, any forwards and social media recommendations you can do as well would be great. The target this week is 50%!
Plus a great endorsement from Alan Samson, Chairman of Weidenfeld & Nicholson, who says 'I am very pleased. Your book absolutely deserves to be published and I am a great fan of Unbound. I shall do my bit for you and the book…
4 days in and 33% target reached! Thank you all...
Monday, 15 April 2019
Plus a great endorsement from Alan Samson, Chairman of Weidenfeld & Nicholson, who says 'I am very pleased. You book absolutely deserves to be published and I am a great fan of Unbound. I shall do my bit for you and the book!' Please share this great news - hopefully with the right thumbnail this time, not of my old book!
15% funded after TWO days
Saturday, 13 April 2019
Thank you all for your support so far...let's keep going and make this one of the fastest funded books on Unbound! Spread the word - tweet, insta and share on FB, plus forward to your friends. Thanks