Saturday, December 8, 2012

Many Thanks for Your Review



My wife, Lynn and I had the pleasure of  meeting Patricia over lunch on the Queen Mary 2. .  It was a delight to meet and to learn about Patricia's book and the exciting prospect of it becoming a film.  Well, since then I have downloaded and read 21 Aldgate ... in fact I've just this minute reached the end of the book and closed my Kindle!

I loved 21 Aldgate - most especially its characters:  I felt like "a fly on the wall" listening to them chatting away to each other up in 21!

So our very best wishes for the success of the film ... and please add my congratulations to Patricia Friedberg on what was a great read!

Warm regards,
Peter Tanner

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

NOVEL TO FILM

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21 ALDGATE …Film Progress….

Book Clubs from the UK to Chicago, Tennessee, Milwaukee, New York,  Massachussetts, Connecticut, Arizona, California and Florida praise 21 ALDGATE, a story they want to see filmed.

A Director is poised to come on board, producers in London are working toward furthering its progress and seeking financials.  British costume designer, enthralled with the story and the period, has begun thinking through his designs, and the Artistic Director of the National Symphony Orchestra is keen to work on the score and for the symphony orchestra to perform the background music. 

Actors for the lead roles are being pursued ... but until finalized, I'll keep you in suspense.


Saturday, November 10, 2012



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.'

Thursday, November 8, 2012

21 Aldgate Review by Anne Collis the Artistic Director of England's National Symphony Orchestra

 I love the way Patricia tells the story - so straightforward, no frills or fancy prose. I wonder who is going to play Clara in the upcoming film? I also like the way she doesn't tell everything. She doesn't feel the need to follow up and tie down every lead. The meeting of Sula and Heinrich for example, is left in the air for us to speculate about. And again, the paternity of Victoria - some writers would have felt to need to work that one out to a tidy conclusion, but it is so much truer to leave it as she does.

 Speaking as a War Baby (born 1943,) although I have no direct memories of WW2 myself, I did grow up in the dismal aftermath of rationing and deprivation and like most of my generation, have a deep regard and respect for all those who took part.

This weekend November 11th sees the annual Remembrance and Armistice events here in London as every year, I shall be watching the old soldiers parade proudly down Whitehall with their wreaths. And certainly, there is still a great interest and fascination with those two wars among the British population, of all generations.

12 Years ago on Armistice Day, November 11th 2000,  The National Symphony Orchestra gave a concert at Rochester Cathedral in Kent, England.   -->

LAST SALUTE OF THE CENTURY


 TO ALL THOSE WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES, YOUTH AND HEALTH THAT WE MIGHT LIVE IN FREEDOM, ESPECIALLY TO HONOUR THE VETERANS OF WW1   

www.nso.co.uk

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

PAUL MAZE RETROSPECTIVE


Date: November 6, 2012 8:29:29 AM EST
Panter and Hall <Enquiries@panterandhall.com>
Subject: Panter and Hall - an Invitation to the Private View of the Paul Maze retrospective Next Monday NOVEMBER 12th  from 6-8pm
PANTER AND HALL,  27 Bury Street,  St. James's, London  SW1 Y 6AL, England

Private View of our latest exhibition of works by the  
late great Anglo-French Impressionist Paul Maze.  

The fully illustrated e-catalogue can be viewed by clicking on the following link  e-catalogue . (or scroll down for iPads). The exhibition Impressions of a Life’, runs from  13th November until 30th November and Private View evening on 12th November, from 6-8pm

All of the works are now available, should you wish to view the paintings or for further information please contact evie@panterandhall.com.

"21 ALDGATE" by Patricia Friedberg, will be on sale.  The novel "21 ALDGATE" is set in the 1930's during the writing of Paul Maze ,memoirs of World War I "Frenchman in Khaki", Hienemann, London 1934.

By mistake the books were sent to the residence of Prince Charles and Camilla who gracefully declined them while we tried desperately to re-deliver them to the PANTER AND HALL Gallery where they were supposed to go in the first place.  "I am not amused" - just like Charle's great, great,great, great and maybe another great Grandmother, Queen Victoria.  Amazon you really mucked up this time!


 


   



       

Sunday, November 4, 2012

I just wanted to say how moved I am by the novel 21 ALDGATE, written by Patricia Friedberg.  I have a bit of an obsession with WW1.  I have visited the trenches and cemeteries in France and in 2000 as Artistic Director of  the National Symphony Orchestra, I put on a special concert of war poetry and music at Rochester Cathedral in Kent, England in honour of the Veterans of that war. There were six men still alive and four of them were there as guests of honour. For your interest I attach a draft of the programme for that concert.

With very best wishes

Anne


Anne Collis ARAM FRSA
Artistic & Managing Director
National Symphony Orchestra
177 John Ruskin Street
 
London
SE5 0PQ
(0)207 703 3148 (0)7831 239159

Saturday, November 3, 2012

First of the 2012/ 2013 Season:

Upcoming BOOK TALK / Meet the Author

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5th, 2012
TIDY ISLAND BOOK CLUB
TIDY ISLAND COMMUNITY CENTER
10:15 am
Bradenton, Florida

Friday, October 12, 2012

BOOK SIGNING IN AN ANCIENT PUB ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT



Set in a beautiful location overlooking the Solent,
the sea that separates this small island from the
shores of England.
A well attended enthusiastic gathering queued for signed copies
 of 21 ALDGATE.


Our only regret being not enough books, but then after three months away it is not surprising we had so few left.  No worries as the Brits say, there’s always www.Amazon.co.UK and e-books.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Friday, October 5, 2012

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

21 ALDGATE available in paperback at the TROUT MUSEUM, Appelton, Wisconsin

Featuring the ART of WINSTON CHURCHILL 

Exhibition opens July 29th to September 7th

CHURCHILL was a fellow artist and great friend of PAUL MAZE, a lead character in 
"21 ALDGATE".

The Art

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Winston Churchill & Paul Maze


The following program was produced by the World Service to commemorate the centenary of Winston Churchill's birth.  Interviews from a variety of sources reveal Churchill's complex and fascinating nature.  Contributors include Anthony Eden, Lord Boothby, Lady Astor and the painter PAUL MAZE, Churchill's friend, who describes him as a "true artist".

To hear PAUL MAZE, at age 87 speak about Winston Churchill FAST FORWARD to 23.25 minutes into the program.

Cut and paste the following into your browser.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/churchill/11013.shtml

DID YOU KNOW?
Paul Maze was born in Normandy in 1887. He served with both the British and French armies during World War I and met Winston Churchill in the trenches. They became life-long friends and Maze, a renowned artist, encouraged Churchill to develop his drawing and painting techniques.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Setting Sail August 2012 on Cunard's QM 2

Arrangements are being made to MEET THE AUTHOR of 21 ALDGATE  at a COFFEE HOUR to be held during the QM2's TransAltlantic crossing from NewYork to Southampton, England.  A signed copy of 21 ALDGATE is already available in the QM2 ship's incredible library making for good reading while on board.

Once in England Patricia Friedberg will meet with Blue Badge Tour Guide, Rachel Kolsky who features "21 ALDGATE" in her Literary Tour of the East End.

Book Club Talks and Meet the Author appearances are scheduled.  Watch for Postings and Dates.
BON VOYAGE!!!!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Book Review by Author: Joan Kufrin


By the third line of the first page, Clara Simon's story had hooked me. Anyone who has worked for a foul-tempered autocrat, especially one who spews anti-semitic remarks about his own clients, will understand Clara's sudden decision to quit. It's a brave one, considering this is London in the 30s, Hitler's shadow is already darkening Europe and Clara is a Jew. She is also an extraordinary character, beautiful, courageous, fierce, consumed by love for her family, her husband, and, unthinkably, her new employer, the well-known artist Paul Maze, a gentile. A rich, textured and emotionally compelling journey, 21 Aldgate by Patricia Friedman left me recharged and uplifted about the state of human nature.

Joan Kufrin
author of "Uncommon Women" and Leo Burnett, "Star-reacher".

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Many Thanks to Renee Ketcham and the FRENCH IN ENGLISH INTERNATIONAL BOOK CLUB meeting at the BYRAM- SCHUBERT LIBRARY in GREENWICH, CT.   Despite: heavy rain, traffic jams on the highway, the car's GPS unable to locate our destination and arriving an hour late, just making it in before the library doors closed - all went exceedingly well. Renee and champagne kept this very interesting and I must add, patient, international group of readers entertained until our arrival.. and they loved  "21 ALDGATE".

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

CONGRATULATIONS!!!

21 ALDGATE has been nominated for the GLOBAL Ebooks AWARD!!!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

MAY - BOOK CLUB CHOICE OF THE MONTH

             21 ALDGATE, by Patricia Friedberg

                "MEET THE AUTHOR"
                                          Hosted by the
        FRENCH IN ENGLISH BOOK CLUB


                    MAY 15th  BYRAM SCHUBERT LIBRARY
                                    GREENWICH, CT
                                           6:30 PM
"Meet the Author - Book Talk"at the SELBY PUBLIC LIBRARY, Sarasota, Florida.
Patricia Friedberg shared the story told in her novel "21 ALDGATE" with an audience of women, some of whom had lived in England and Scotland in the same period, during the build up and into
World War 2.

Many thanks to Vera Nueman-Woods and Assistant Ellen Davis who hosted this successful April 25th afternoon event.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

A note from the author

I have lost count of the book talks I have given both in the States and in the UK yet each talk is a new and refreshing experience.  I learn a lot from my readers.  The different takes on the story are always enlightening.  Often individuals share their experiences and it is most gratifying when they endorse the actual events that are the background of the story I tell. There are times when I think back to those days - think back as the mature (don't you love that word) adult I am now.   I was a young child in the time of 21 Aldgate still those days are as clear to me now as they were then.  We are all an integral part of the history of our youth.
Patricia Friedberg - April 2012

Saturday, April 21, 2012

THURSDAY, APRIL 19th 
BOOK BABES CHOICE OF THE MONTH
221 ALDGATE "Meet the AUTHOR"


Dear "BOOK BABES",
We so enjoyed the brilliant evening with you to meet, greet, feast and imbibe, as we shared views and discussed  21 ALDGATE.  Thank you for inviting us.  Thank you, Gillian for discovering Linda, et al and for the pleasure of everyone's company.
It was an outstanding meeting.
With fond regards from Patricia and from me,
MaryAnn

THE READERS GROUP at Perico Bay Club  BOOK OF CHOICE for the month of APRIL - " 21 ALDGATE" , with a presentation by its author

Dear Sandy and "The Readers Group",

What a delight it was to meet you and your most interesting group of women and to share their thoughts in lively conversation at the recent club meeting.  Observations made brought engaging discussions about the love story between SIDNEY and CLARA and the brief encounter which led to the secret CLARA would take to her grave.

Thank you for inviting us to attend.
Best wishes,
MaryAnn

Warm regards from Patricia Friedberg

Some of the members of THE READER'S GROUP caught on camera





Tuesday, April 3, 2012

E-mail from P.C. in the UK

P.C. I could ask so many questions. When you first think of a story you might write which will be a mixture of fiction, fact and biography, as "21 ALDGATE" is, where do you start your base line? How do you plan your research? Did you have a strong desire to write the family story? I must admit to very little real understanding of the political and social turmoil and joys of the early part of the 20th century and found your interspersing ideas and events with some basis in reality quite educational and easy to absorb. As Uncle Paul said to Victoria, he suggested rather than be a painter, "it would be better if she could write like her mother."

Response from Author to P.C.

Patricia Friedberg: When I give talks on 21 Aldgate similar questions are asked. I have written and thought about 21 Aldgate for years. As you have seen from our blog spot I've resided in many places. I left London the day after my marriage to David Friedberg a South African doctor. We travelled a bit before settling in Southern Rhodesia - I mention this because I have written on many different subjects throughout my writing career; children's stories, documentaries, film scripts and a great deal about Africa. I've never been short of a material to fill an empty page. Yet. with all this my roots in London's East End stayed with me, wouldn't go away. I started writing about Aldgate in the late 1970's - actually wrote a musical of the same name. It got quite a long way and then died on the vine ... so I let '21' go for a while. I wrote character studies, I wrote short stories all of the Aldgate 21 period. Still 21 remained unfinished for me. I then wrote the film script only to find out films take forever to produce. I am not the most patient of writers so I wrote the novel of the film which is not the way most books come about. Usually the book comes out after the film, in my case it will be the other way around. I'm happy to say the film is actually happening and being cast.

My grandparents lived at 21 High Street, Whitechapel - just across from Aldgate station. I chose Aldgate for the title because that's where we got off the train to visit my grandparents. 21 was destroyed in the blitz as was most the East End. Maze lived at 14 Cheyne Walk and remains just as it was when Clara worked there.

Clara assisted Paul Maze. Sula had MS. Anna, well she was the grievous collector of the family. There were four brothers - I used them for filling out the characters Bernie and Mannie. Sidney came from an orthodox Jewish family. The Levy clan were traditional Jews more than religious Jews. The turmoil of the 1930's gave me the dramatic background I needed, it was all there, nothing had to be invented. What fascinated me the most was Clara and her ability to alternate between the often anti Semitic aristocratic Chelsea and the working class East End. How did she do it? That's what really spurred me on and the more I read about what was going on in the East End at that time and her involvements in Chelsea the more I realised how 'before her time' she was. It had nothing to do with the fact that Clara character is based on my mother, I took myself out of that equation. And so the story developed. The Levy's were a witty, musical lot. My grandmother, Nelly and my dad Sidney were there for me when my mother wasn't. My grandfather, Henry, had me and my many cousins help him in his somewhat dicey cosmetic and perfumery business...he also taught me to fish in a pond that had no fish in it. The Levy's were an inspiring lot. They helped me feel safe when all was literally falling around us. Their humour and their inclusiveness showed me the way to live my life. I have tried to instill in my children and grandchildren the same strength of dogged purpose they gave me.

It wasn't that I had a strong desire to write a family story. It was more a desire to tell a story of the times. Of your grandparents as well as mine. Of what London endured in the 2nd World War and all that led up to it. Of what it was like to live in two very different worlds. Of how people acted and reacted.


Friday, March 23, 2012

APRIL UPCOMING EVENTS

MEET THE AUTHOR: Patricia Friedberg


MONDAY, APRIL 16th at 2:00 PM

at PERICO BAY CLUBHOUSE
READERS GROUP at PERICO BAY CLUB


THURSDAY, APRIL 19th at 6:30 PM
BOOK BABES of Terra Verde, Florida

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25th at 2:00 PM
SELBY LIBRARY, GELDBART AUDITORIUM




Monday, February 13, 2012

ROSEDALE COUNTRY CLUB BOOK CLUB

"Meet the Author" Patricia Friedberg,

Luncheon on
Friday, February 17th at 11:30 AM

Hosts: Helen Hagerty and Cathy Lavin:

Rosedale Country Club
5415 87th Street East, Bradenton, Florida
941 756 2777

Author Patricia Friedberg / February 2, 2012

Guest Speaker at the Literary Club, University Club Library, Winter Park, Florida;

Patricia Friedberg, Author of 21 Aldgate, addressed a most interesting and interested group of individuals. The subject of her talk\: Life as child in London during WWII.

Many thanks to organizers of the Literary Group:
Linda Dunlap and Sherry Levy

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Meet the Author

of 21 ALDGATE, Patricia Friedberg

At these UPCOMING EVENTS!!!

HOLMES BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY
on ANNA MARIA ISLAND

FRIDAY, January 20th, 2012 at 2:00 PM
At the HOLMES BEACH LIBRARY
located at 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217





UNIVERSITY CLUB LITERARY GROUP
WINTER PARK, FLORIDA

THURSDAY, February 2nd at 10:00 AM
At the UNIVERSITY CLUB
841 N. Park Ave, Winter Park, Florida
Tel: 407 644 6149




HAPPY NEW YEAR!!