An exciting week – The Archbishop @JustinWelby, sharing the story, a great review @LoveReadingUK!

This week has been eventful in my little writing world!

An Archbishop’s Summer reading

On Wednesday I was at the wonderful Diamond Jubilee service celebrating 60 years since the new Coventry Cathedral was opened. Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby preached at this service. Those of you who have been following my journey will know that a transformative trip to Dresden in February 2015 where I shared my family story (see my blog entry from the time here) was the catalyst for my writing Loving the Enemy – building bridges in a time of war. Justin Welby was part of the English delegation and I shared some of my story with him then. At the cathedral on Wednesday I was delighted to have the opportunity to give him a copy of the book. He told me he’d read it on his summer holiday. I look forward to hearing from him when he has and I’ll let you know what he thinks!

Telling my story

On Thursday I was delighted to share my grandparents’ story with the “Coventry Association of International Friendship” who aim to forge relationships across the national divides – a noble and necessary aim. They were struck by how relevant and resonant Loving the Enemy is today, despite the events taking place more than 70 years ago. If your group, no matter how small, would like me to come and share the story with you, please get in touch.

LoveReading Loves “Loving the Enemy”!

“A compelling read … a captivating historical narrative”.

Other indie authors will know how hard it is to get books noticed, however good they are. Reviews are a crucial way of spreading the news, but they’re challenging too – and there’s no guarantee a reviewer will like what they read! Well, I’m delighted that Loving the Enemy is 5* on Amazon – and now LoveReading the UK’s leading book recommendation website has given it their stamp of approval, labelling it as an “Indie book we love”. Read the full review below.

“Loving the Enemy – building bridges in a time of war’ by Andrew March is a compelling read. The book has a wide scope, following Fred Clayton, the author’s grandfather, from his early life right through to his death. Written in a past-tense narrative style, the story follows Clayton through university, his time spent living in Germany before WWII, his time serving in the Forces and beyond.

It seemed to me that this book is formed of two parts. The first follows Fred’s life and University career, his motivations for going to Germany to forge a connection with the German people which lingers throughout the war, and his work at Bletchley park and then in India. The second section of this book comes after the war, as Fred Clayton works to re-establish the connections he made in Germany, locate old acquaintances and the early stages of his relationship with his wife, Rike. I felt that this story in its entirety worked to demonstrate the connection between people. When we look at history we consider entire countries and events on a macro level, and I found that this book successfully managed to maintain a more microscopic perspective, delivering a touching story of human connection.

Dotted with diary entries, letters and photographs from his grandparents, I think that the author delivers a captivating historical narrative.

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