News from the front! "Prunes For Breakfast" by author John Searancke is in the news again!
John is the author of the best-selling memoirs Dog Days in the Fortunate Islands and his new release Prunes for Breakfast. He lives in Tenerife and has been busy promoting Prunes for Breakfast at local book signings and events. John presented a copy of his book to Anne James of The English Library and it was also featured in The Tenerife News last week.
John presenting a copy of his book to Anne James on behalf of the library.
Read The Article From The Tenerife News, With Scrib'd
About Prunes for Breakfast
‘Many years after the deaths of my parents, my aunt handed me a box filled with letters that my father had written to my mother over the period from 1940 to 1945. This was the starting point of a journey for me to rediscover the father I had never really known...’ This is the story of John Searancke’s parents, told mostly from the side of his father, Eddie Searancke, from the time of his calling up in early 1940 to his release from a prisoner of war camp in Germany in 1945, thence his return to England to try to pick up the pieces of his old life. Nothing could ever be quite the same afterwards.
The letters take readers through five captivating years, telling of the ups and downs, the plots and counterplots, as Eddie rose through the ranks to end his war as a captain, elevated to that rank in the field as his troops faced the formidable might of the SS Panzers. The letters also reveal where his battle came to an abrupt end, in an orchard surrounded by the enemy and captured after a series of bloody skirmishes as the British army spearheaded its way from the beaches of Normandy. The journey as a prisoner across France and Germany in a truck, with comrades dying each day, may be as hard to read as it is to tell, particularly when a new life and new harsh rules had to be learned and rigidly enforced in a prison camp in northern Germany, the final destination.
This is written as part memoir, part fictionalised retelling and partly in letter format; John draws together all sources to recreate the five years of war and hardship that the letters span.
Prunes for Breakfast is now available on expanded distribution at all good bookstores in ebook and paperback format.
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A New Review for Prunes For Breakfast has just come in!
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting about every day life in world war II Britain. By susann on January 1, 2016 I am glad the author put together the letters from his father to his mother during WWII in Britain along with additional narrative bridging them. It was a wonderful insight into an everyman's experience even though his father was a bit more on the elite side. What I find sad is that the this was the author's journey into getting to know a father that he didn't seem to know or relate to well in his younger years. I think he was very lucky to have access to these letters. I would love to find something like that to understand my father better who was an American stationed in the UK doing intelligence work. His whole career has been a mystery to me as well as his inner feelings so I envy the author that. I was very surprised to see how much the father shared in his letters about the details of his days, his work and even what maybe should have been censored in case there were prying eyes and spies -- where they were, what they were guarding and the build up to D-day. Well worth reading for war buffs!! Thank you to the author for sharing this.
Event News For Prunes For Breakfast!
A book signing for Dog Days in The Fortunate Islands which took place last year.
Libreria Redhound was so pleased with the results from the Dogs Days in The Fortunate Island event, they have scheduled a book signing for Prunes For Breakfast to take place 16 January at the same venue.
Libreria Redhound in Los Cristianos, Tenerife, Canary Islands.
16 January 2016 Books signing Prunes For Breakfast
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