So, I’ve actually gone and done it.
I’ve been toying with the idea of self-publishing for some time, but yesterday I took the plunge and uploaded a short memoir of my pilgrimage to the beaches of Dunkirk in 2009 to Amazon.
My dad was one of 340,000 soldiers evacuated from the beaches of Dunkirk in May 1940 following the German invasion of Belgium, Holland and France. Dad died when I was in my early twenties. He never really talked about his experiences, but in 2009 I visited France with my friend Anna. Not only did we walk the full length of the beach from De Panne in Belgium to Dunkirk in France in his memory, but we also had the honour of meeting a real Dunkirk veteran and talking to him about his time on the beach 69 years earlier.
And then… I met an elderly man who had known my father all those years ago; who had lived in the house next door to where Dad was billeted for six months.
If you’re interested in reading the story, please click here to purchase a copy. I’ve also included several photos from my journey on the In My Father’s Footsteps link at the top of this page.