The Boy from Boskovice: A Father's Secret Life

Vicky Unwin had always known her father – an erstwhile intelligence officer and respected United Nations diplomat – was Czech, but it was not until a stranger turned up on her doorstep that she discovered he was also Jewish.

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Vicky Unwin

Vicky Unwin has had a long career in publishing. She was publisher of the African Writers Series and is a member of the Council for the Caine Prize for African Writing. Previously she was Enterprise Director for the Telegraph Group, Managing Director of PRNewswire and, most recently, Media Director for the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development. She began writing this book shortly after discovering bin-bags full of her mother's war-time letters, but the work was interrupted by a series of catastrophes, beginning with breaking her hip, and culminating in the death of her daughter from an accidental drug overdose. This was followed shortly after by her husband's prostate cancer, her father's death, and her own diagnosis with a malignant sarcoma in the calf. Despite very poor odds and, after having her calf muscles removed, she is now in remission and skiing, diving and trekking in far-flung lands again.She now lives in Singapore and writes regularly for, in addition to her three other blogs,; and Her mother, Sheila Mills, joined the WRNS in 1940 to escape the shackles of secretarial work and her unhappy childhood with her social-climbing mother. After completing her training in Scotland she was posted to Cairo and then to post-war Germany. She faithfully recorded her fascinating encounters, assignments, events and, of course, the many loves she found and lost, while chronicling her important work with Admiral Ramsay in planning the Sicily Invasions, and major events such as the The Flap, the sinking of the Medway and the Belsen Trials in post-war Germany. The book tells her story.

Pub Date: 
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 16:00
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