Loving the Enemy tells the compelling true story of Fred Clayton, a grammar schoolboy from Liverpool, and brilliant Cambridge scholar, who leaves the comfort of the halls of Cambridge at the beginning of the Nazi era and makes a troubled journey to discover first-hand what life must be like to live under the despotic regime. Arriving in Dresden, he develops a friendship with a German family that will change his life.
Through the course of the next decade, with his and their nations at war, Fred will not forget the connections that have been made and refuses to allow hate to win.
After the war, with Dresden in ruins, reflecting his own state of mind, Fred writes to the same German family. Will he find the healing, love and redemption he seeks?
Andy is a Vicar who travelled as part of a group from Coventry to Dresden, Germany in February 2015 to join in the commemorations marking 70 years since that city was bombed and stand with our former enemies, now friends, to declare that love must overcome hate. It was a visit that left an indelible mark on Andy and provided the catalyst for the creation of Loving the Enemy.
At the book launch Andy read parts of Loving the Enemy: building bridges in a time of war, and shared how the book came to be written.
In addition to the reading, professional musician, Richard Jeffcoat, provided musical interludes on the piano accompanied by Richard Parker.
Watch the whole event here …
Find out all about how “Loving the Enemy” came into being … here Andy is interviewed by Dean of Coventry Cathedral, John Witcombe.
Buy your copy of Loving the Enemy: building bridges in a time of war here