What a week!
The first carton of my latest book Never Forget arrived from the printer in Singapore. It was such an exciting moment to rip open the box and finally hold a copy in my hand.
Never Forget is the result of several year’s work, and is very close to my heart. It features some dear, wonderful people, who have been so generous and brave in sharing their memories and stories of World War II with me. The trust they have shown in me has been truly humbling.
This book highlights the effect of war on ordinary citizens, who either made the decision to fight, or whose lives were completely turned upside down by its impact. In another generation, the people who lived through these terrible events may no longer be here to tell their stories, which is why it was so important to me to capture just a few of them in this book.
The other 970 copies of Never Forget will soon be making their way to New Zealand via ship, and are due to arrive in late July.
I can’t wait to share it with the world!
We are excited to have a growing list of stockists for The Long Way Home – both here in New Zealand, and in Australia.
It can now be found in several Paper Plus stores throughout Canterbury and even Paper Plus Moteuka! People leaving or arriving in Christchurch may well spot the book at one of the three bookstores at Christchurch International Airport. Deb our Australian agent has also got the book into two large independent bookstores in Sydney. For a full list of stockists, check out the link on the home page.
We had a fantastic trip to Sydney and central western NSW to launch The Long Way Home. It was great to see so many Old Fairbridgians turn out to support the book and the positive message it delivers on Fairbridge Farm School Molong and Mr and Mrs Woods. It was also wonderful to meet the four Woods children, Nyasa, Sir Robert, Memory and Raymund at the reunion. After 15 months researching and writing The Long Way Home, a highlight of the trip was our visit to the Fairbridge Farm School village itself, which is sadly in a state of disrepair these days. It is Ronnie’s vision to see it restored to its former glory to help today’s young people in need. Let’s hope that the Australian government, one of its agencies or a private developer could help this vision be realised.
The Long Way home is still at the printer… but we’ve already had our first bit of publicity. A story was published about Ronnie in yesterday’s Central Western Daily in New South Wales and it ended up being the most popular story of the day on the paper’s website! Ronnie placed a comment on the BBC website last night under it’s story on Gordon Brown’s apology to child migrants and a reporter called to interview him for a story on BBC World. This is running at 11.30 tonight NZ time. I’ll post the link to it tomorrow. Exciting stuff considering we haven’t got our hands on a book yet!