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Looking For My Father

Looking For My Father

Tracing a wartime past  

Sue Purkiss
Researching a book based on her father’s experiences as a prisoner of war during the Second World War, Sue Purkiss journeyed to Poland, to see for herself the places he had described in his stories. In doing so, she gained a deeper understanding of what her father had been through, and of the man he was.
When he came to move house, Roy Bainton was faced with the painful necessity of having to get rid of hundreds of well-loved books. But how to decide which should stay and which should go?
Susan Fletcher recalls the moment as a young teenager when she first became interested in Anne of Cleves — as well as the other five women who were, successively, married to Henry VIII. She reflects on why we still find their lives so engaging.