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NEW BOOK PUBLICATION

The Remarkable Journey of Mr Prins: World War II, Jewish Refugees and the Bath-Alkmaar Friendship By Aletta Stevens

Published in Bath by Brown Dog Books, April 2020 Paperback and e-book — 296 pages with colour and b/w photos and maps, foreword, text notes, bibliography and index WW2/non-fiction Paperback price: £15.00 / E-book price: £9.00

*FOR NEW PUBLICATION OFFER SEE BELOW*

The greatest journeys are escapes. Night-time, suitcases of cash, chaos, the final burning of papers. 56 people flee in a small boat. In 1940, as exiled Dutchman Eli Prins arrives in England and makes his way to Bath, he instigates a longer journey, one from war and uncertainty to safety and solidarity. Based on personal testimonies and unpublished sources in English and Dutch, this book vividly reconstructs the experience of war in Alkmaar and Bath. It is a story told in full for the first time: how the Jews are expelled from Alkmaar; the fate of Eli's parents; the Bath Blitz; and then in 1945, after the Dutch Hunger Winter, how the people of Bath chose to help Alkmaar and its children. This is both a local story and a European one, written not just to commemorate history, but also to remind ourselves that we still need such heroic and uplifting stories.

Press Coverage

https://bathnewseum.com/2020/04/20/a-tale-of-two-cities/

https://thebathmagazine.co.uk/mr-prins-in-bath/

https://www.selfpublishingpartnership.co.uk/2020/04/27/the-remarkable-journey-of-mr-prins-ww11-jewish-refugees-and-the-bath-alkmaar-friendship-by-aletta-stevens/

See Amazon for five-star reviews

Reader responses:

'You create such a vivid picture of events and I am gripped. Everything is so meticulous.' Kerry Edwards, 25.4.2020 ‘I found the first section so exciting and beautifully put together with lots of drama. Thereafter I rationed myself to a few pages at a time, which is what I always do with books that I don’t want to reach the end of.’ John Payne, 25.5.2020 ‘I just finished reading your new book, which is so interesting about Bath and Alkmaar, and I was actually as much enthralled by the footnotes as by the text - they are packed with interesting information! Bob Symonds, 2.6.2020’

HOW TO ORDER THE PAPERBACK FROM THIS WEBSITE

Buy a copy direct from the author, using your debit or credit card via the PayPal link below. NOTE: You do not need to have a PayPal account to pay here with your card. Please state if you would like your copy signed and/or dedicated.

NEW PUBLICATION OFFER

Buy this £15 book now for the special price of £12, plus postage & packing: Price UK - £15.85 Price Europe - £19.25 Price USA - £21.95 If you have a PayPal account, you can pay directly (also in euros and dollars) via the following secure link:

paypal.me/AlettaStevens

Paperback & e-book available from Amazon.co.uk

https://amzn.to/3cpaWkx

NOTE: Due to the current crisis, the May launch for this book has been postponed. The author is available for articles, as well as written and telephone/Skype/Zoom interviews.

Events

Monday 22 June 2020: Zoom interview with the Neerlandia Dutch association in London October 2020: Webinar on writing and translating for the Institute of Translation & Interpreting

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