Buy Lion Hearts: A Family Saga of Refugees and Asylum Seekers
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by Henry R. Lew
A biography of Lonek Lew, the author's father, told through the lives of over twenty people he was friendly or associated with, a number of whom were historical figures.
Using his father's clear and detailed accounts of his life in pre-war Poland, the Holocaust and his colourful life in Melbourne, as well as personal meetings and memories, the author assembles portraits of extraordinary people living through extraordinary events.
"Many men and women in the later stages of their lives contemplate writing autobiographies or family memoirs for their children. Not many actually do so and very few take on such thorough research or discover such dramatic stories as Henry R. Lew has done.
His Lion Hearts is structured like a series of connected chapter-carriages, full of refugees and asylum seekers, and the sounds of exhilaration and sadness, which travels through a history of the twentieth century. Though centred on the author's family, the story embraces us all. It deserves a wide readership." Michael Holroyd, one of Britain's foremost literary biographers
'An exceptional book about extraordinary people living in extraordinary times. My only regret on completing it is that I have not met any of them personally.' Christopher Bantick
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