Love Among the Ruins

Love Among the Ruins : A memoir of life and love in Hamburg, 1945

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At 22, the war is over for RAF serviceman Harry Leslie Smith - the now 92-year-old activist and author of the acclaimed Harry's Last Stand - but the battle for love and hope rages on.

Stationed in occupied Hamburg, a city physically and emotionally ripped apart by Allied bombing, and determined to escape the grinding poverty of his Yorkshire youth, Harry unexpectedly finds a reason to stay: a young German woman by the name of Friede.

As their love develops, they must face both German suspicion and British disapproval of relations with `the enemy'.

Harry's ardent, straight-from-the-heart memoir brings to life a city reduced to rubble, populated with refugees, black marketeers, corrupt businessmen and cynical soldiers. It's a unique snapshot of a terrible period in Europe's history, and a passionate love letter to a city, to a woman, and to life itself.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 20.32mm | 317.51g
  • Duxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 178578000X
  • 9781785780004
  • 35,539

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'His straight-from-the-heart delivery makes these events seem as clear and immediate as if they happened yesterday' * Morning Star * 'A deep love of humanity is what animates Smith. He is a hero of our times.' * Newsweek * 'The writing is beautiful and honest. The story is genuinely life-affirming.' * Dipolmat *
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About Harry Leslie Smith

Harry Leslie Smith`s Guardian articles have been shared almost a quarter of a million times on Facebook and have attracted huge comment and debate. His book Harry's Last Stand attracted huge praise, with Annie Lennox saying that Harry `is absolutely one of my heroes. Everyone should read this and be humbled.' He lives in Yorkshire.
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