Tuesday, March 29, 2011


“Patricia Friedberg’s 21 Aldgate has been a very popular pick with our area book clubs. Combining all the best elements of historical fiction with an illicit affair make it the must-read novel of early 2011.”

Ashley Dacus, Manager, DAVIS-KIDD BOOKSELLERS, Memphis, TN.



In 21 Aldgate Patricia Friedberg –a wonderfully compelling writer—brings the reader into a pre-war and WWII London that had been unknown to many of us Americans, certainly to me. She gives a clear picture of the hardships German bombings brought to London’s citizens while telling the story of a strong young woman and her resilient family. We follow the main character, Clara, through her love affair with a famous artist and through her adventures as a spy during the war. But the hero(s) of the book are the British people and the bravery with which they faced the threat of an enemy near at hand. This one is well worth reading.”

Georgia Court

Bookstore1Sarasota

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

A well received talk at a remarkable museum.
One People, Many Paths - A History of Jewish Milwaukee.
I am proud to say I, for a short time, was one of them.

Praise for 21 Aldgate

Churchill biographer The RT HON. Sir Martin Gilbert, C.B.E., D. LITT
“I read it with the greatest interest…a fascinating and absorbing look into the past.”

London Jewish Chronicle. Candice Kreiger, journalist for the London Jewish Chronicle
"Anyone with a tie to London's East End is likely to enjoy Patricia Friedberg's latest novel."

"Author, Author" Editor Rosemary Nelms of The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, Tenn.
"Patricia Friedberg's '21 Aldgate' is a book for the movie-goers who sat in Memphis theaters recently and applauded at the end of 'The King's Speech.' "

Monday, March 21, 2011

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Paul Maze ( 1887 - 1979 )

One of the great artists of his generation, he was often called the last of the impressionists. He was born into an artistic circle in Le Havre in 1887 where family friends included Renior, Monet, Dufy and Pissaro, from whom the young Maze learned the rudiments of painting. His father, a tea merchant, sent him to school in Southampton and there he started his love affair with things English. It was when he saw the Scots Greys at Le Havre in 1914 that he signed up straight away as an interpreter but his pencil and paper was never far from his bayonet. This lead to him meeting with the young Winston Churchill, and the establishment of a life long friendship during which he was to be Winston's artistic mentor. Winston wrote of him from Chartwell shortly, before the second war, "He is an artist of distinction whose keen eye and nimble pencil record impression with the revealing fidelity". As a British private said, "Your pictures are done in shorthand". It was this immediacy which gave him the facility to record the events of his life, wherever and whatever they were. Whilst in Paris he became firm friends with both Segonzac and Vuillard. It was a meeting with Vuillard in 1932 which was pivotal in his development as a painter. He suggested the use of pastels would record the freshness so evident in his work. He took Maze to his own pastel merchant, Dr Roche, who had found a new formula for chalks and had achieved a colour selection of 1,600 shades. Maze later described this visit as being 'taken by God to meet God'.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Sarasota Book Blog: Reading 21 Aldgate

Sarasota Book Blog: Reading 21 Aldgate: "I want to recommend a book to you. It's 21 Aldgate by British author Patricia Friedberg. I believe it's her first novel. Most of the action ..."