Thursday, November 4, 2010

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  1. 21 Aldgate is a book I needed to write. Why? Because it takes place in England during the time leading up to the Second World War when appeasement of the Nazis was a simpler method for the Baldwin government to deal with rather than direct confrontation. Few took heed of Churchill's pleas for re-armament and even fewer appeared to take note of the plight of the Jews in Europe or those in the East End of London. In one way or another all the characters in 21 Aldgate were effected by those years,they are brave and they are real and their indomitable spirit, their sense of humour and their courage brought them through those difficult times.
    Patricia Friedberg

  2. Patricia Friedberg's book, 21 ALDGATE was launched on July 12, 2010 together with the opening of a PAUL MAZE Exhibition at the exclusive BROWSE and DARBY Gallery on Cork Street in the heart of London’s Mayfair.

    At the gathering, some 75 guests filled the rooms. White walls featured Paul Maze artworks and displayed Patricia Friedberg’s book. A butler, in formal attire served wine and moved through the crowd keeping everyone's glass constantly filled. There was much talk, enthusiasm and excitement about the book and the film. Reporters from the Evening Standard and the Hendon Barnett Press were present and a journalist from COUNTRY LIFE magazine.

    The guests included; Lady Aurelia Young, daughter of sculptor, Oscar Nemon and wife of Sir George Young, leader of the House of Commons; the RT. Hon. Sir Martin Gilbert, who read the galley copy of 21 ALDGATE and has given his endorsement of the book, who left with a painting and an autographed copy of 21 ALDGATE under his arm. Roderick Gilchrist, Journalist; Carola Ash, Head of Development at Future Film Group; Clive Francis, actor; and Steven Barnett, Media Advisor to the House of Lords.

    In addition to those from London and the surrounding areas others came from Canada, the United States, Wales, Scotland, Cambridge and Yorkshire. A very interesting group of art collectors, book enthusiasts, politicians, journalists, theatre and film people. The reception lasted from 6 pm til 9 on a warm

    MAZE paintings ranged anywhere in price from $12K to $45K... and they were selling. (Legacies Literary)

  3. Book Tour

    Patricia Friedberg has just returned from a successful book tour in England. She has met and spoken with groups on the Cunard Line Queen Mary 2, Belsize Park Library, Age Concern in Barnet, Community center at the Woodside Park Synagogue, Assoc. of Jewish Refugees, in conjunction with Joseph's Bookstore in Temple Fortune, MOSAIC groups, Bournemouth Hebrew Ladies Society, Bournemouth, England. In Spring 2011, Patricia has been invited to speak at the New Jewish Museum in Camdentown, to English speaking groups in Basel, Switzerland and to associations
    thoughout the British Isles.

    She continues her book tour in the United States with two talks in Massachusetts this month and book talks scheduled in Memphis, Tennessee and in Florida. (legacies Literary)

  4. First talk in Massachusetts went well attended by 28 people who had read 21 Aldgate. Very positive feedback - many said they had little knowledge of 2nd World war London and now feel they have a better understanding of both the lead up to the war and what it was like after the declaration of war. They said they would encourage their friends and family to read 21 Aldgate for it's humor, it's history and it's family content.

  5. Clara, the main character in 21 Aldgate came to the home of Paul Maze to assist him in writing his memoir A Frenchman in Khaki, an account of his experiences in The Great War. Clara loved poetry. She knew the poems of the War Poets - the famous one written in May 1915 by John McCrae

    In Flanders field the poppies grow
    Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place;and in the sky
    The Larks still bravely sing and fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    Two verses follow .... ending with:

    The torch be yours to hold it high
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields......

    And all these years later we continue our wars 'while poppies grow in Flanders field.'

  6. December 2010, VANITY FAIR, Excerpt from Editor’s Letter… “Man Up, America! By Graydon Carter

    It is not surprising that during these times we yearn for tales of another era, when the stakes were high and the choices more clear-cut. A spate of superb World War II books have come out this season, including Juliet Gardiner’s The Blitz: The British Under Attack (published in September, in the U.K.). When Americans refer to 9/11 as the day the world changed, they should be mindful of what London went through in the early days of the Second World War. On September 7, 1940, 348 Luftwaffe bombers crossed the English Channel. They were over London by late afternoon and for the next two hours ignited the city with incendiary bombs. That same evening, the Germans were back, raining 625 tons of high explosives on East London. The Blitz (from the German Blitzkrieg, for “lightning war”) went on for 57 consecutive nights and then spread to other cities in the U.K. It was estimated that by May of the next year more than 43,000 people had died in the strategic air raids. The English, being the English, just got on with it. A survey taken during this period found that weather had a greater impact than air raids on the day-to-day worries of many Londoners. As Gardiner observes, “egg rationing produced more emotion than the blitz.”

  7. I've read the excerpt from the Editor's Letter in the December Issue of VANITY FAIR.

    "21 ALDGATE" by Patricia Friedberg is another superb book which incorporates World War II
    and Great Britain. "The English being English, just got on with it"... an important lesson.

    I suggest including "21 Aldgate" in your Book Club reading. Legacies Literary Agency