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'My Son The Enemy'
by local Author David Hughes

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Book-cover (32Kb)
This is the 7th Book in ten years by David Hughes.

The Author is donating all profits to the charities “Help for Heroes” and “The Army Benevolent Fund (North East)”.

The book is promoted by The Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street.

“My Son The Enemy” is a fictional novel based on truth. It follows the lives of a wealthy German Jewish family in Berlin in the 1930s. They suffer persecution by the Nazi’s, one endures many years in a concentration camp, followed by a further two years detention on the Island of Cyprus by the British Government from 1946 -1948.

It is a story of intrigue, mystery and love, taking place in Palestine and Cyprus in the immediate post World War 2 period. The love aspect of the story is treated with dignity, gradually working up to a wonderful ending.

As this charity project is soon coming to an end
the book is now available at the reduced price of £5, plus post & package (UK & BFPO: £1.50, Europe: £3.50, World-wide: £6.00) to Carole Pritchard, 18 Provident Street, Pelton Lane Ends, Chester-le-Street, Co Durham DH2 1NS. Make cheques payable to “Rotary Club of Chester-le-Street” please.

About the Author

Author - David Hughes (20Kb)

David Hughes was a Sergeant in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps from1946 to 1948, served in Palestine, followed by service on the Island of Cyprus when Jewish holocaust survivors were detained in camps by the British Government.

Now David is an 84 year old great grandfather, who has devoted the last 10 years to charity fund raising (over £70,000 to Marie Curie, Mencap, Grace House Childrens’ Hospice, Orphans in Palestine etc etc).

He has published six books, produced water colour paintings and has given talks to over 500 organisations in his fund raising activity. He never claims expenses or charges a fee for his services.

David was considered to be a retail rebel during his career at the Co-op in the 1960s. He opened the first self-service store in the North East of England, introduced cut prices “buy one get one FREE”, and stopped co-op dividend.

He is a member of Rotary International, Probus, two Art Clubs and teaches art to a group of Senior Citizens.

All profit from the sales of the book 'My Son The Enemy' will be donated jointly to:
'Help for Heroes' and the 'Army Benevolent Fund'.
Please help by supporting this fund-raising project.
If you would like to buy a copy of the book - click here to print-off a Book Order Form (.pdf)

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