Six moving World War II stories
Told by the people who lived them
Jo has combined extensive interviews with the use of wartime diaries and written memoir, to create six compelling first person accounts of war in her latest book Never Forget.
There’s Bram, a young boy whose privileged childhood in the Dutch East Indies was lost forever when the Japanese invaded and his father became a prisoner-of-war on the infamous Pekanbaru Death Railway. Harry, a soldier in the 2nd New Zealand Divisional Cavalry, who survived relentless action on the battlefields of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East with just one tiny nick to his ear, but whose emotional wounds would prove far greater to heal. Eva, a young girl in Rotterdam, who witnessed many atrocities under the German occupation of the city, and discovered after the war, she had inadvertently delivered messages for the Resistance. The six Węgrzyn children, who were ripped from their happy life in Poland, endured the loss of their parents, and suffered terrible conditions and near starvation in forced labour camps in Siberia and Uzbekistan. Naylor, who was almost 100 years old before he told his family about his wartime service with one of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s top-secret RAF ‘Moonlight’ Squadrons, flying agents and supplies behind enemy lines. And Ronnie, whose tough wartime childhood in the slums of Newcastle upon Tyne, led to him becoming part of a destructive street gang, and ultimately being sent to Australia as a child migrant.
These important stories, which are wrapped in historical context and include the subjects’ pre and post-war recollections, along with photographs from their personal collections, may have been lost in another generation. This book ensures they will always be remembered. Read more here.
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Jo’s other books
Writing non-fiction books my passion. I have written three other books in addition to Never Forget. My second book, The Long Way Home tells the inspiring and heartwarming true story of Ronnie Sabin, who in 1950 with his brothers Eddie and Joey was plucked from the slums of Newcastle, United Kingdom and sent to Fairbridge Farm School Molong, in NSW Australia as a child migrant.
This book is currently being edited and updated, and will be available as an e-Book on Amazon from late July 2018. Read more
Contact Jo Bailey
Tel: +64 3 313 0466
Mob: +64 21 718 035