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Poland's Daughter: How I Met Basia, Hitchhiked to Italy, and Learned About Love, War, and Exile Paperback – December 20, 2013

4.7 out of 5 stars 20 ratings

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Editorial Reviews


"A great story, well told!" -- Dave Hogan on Amazon.com.

"A mesmerizing history!" -- Reality Check

"Dan Ford is a conjurer of literary magic.  In just over 200 pages, he tells a tale that is sad and funny, innocent and wise; he weaves together tragedies great and small, the many facets of love and loss, commentary on peace, war and cultural differences.  And he does all that with an artist's touch, creating not just images but atmosphere, personalities, and dramatic tension.... It's an extraordinary book, highly original, gripping, at once full of joy and of sorrow." (Irene Tomaszewski, Cosmopolitan Review)

From the Author

I met Basia when we were students together at the redbrick University of Manchester, in the dreary northwest of England. I knew something of her incredible story at that time, when we adventured to France and Italy, and I learned the rest of it more recently when we reconnected after fifty-five years. 

In many ways, my life was the mirror image of hers. She started out as a member of an affluent Polish family that lost almost everything when the Russians occupied her home town -- her father and brother shot in the Katyn Forest massacres, and she, her sister, and their mother deported to Kazakhstan as "counter-revolutionaries." In time they escaped to Persia and eventually found safe haven in England, where Mama scrubbed floors for a living. 

For my part, I started out in poverty during the Great Depression, and every year that went by brought an improvement in my fortunes and that of my country. This is the story of how two children grew up in the Second World War, how we met, and how we parted.

Product details

  • Item Weight : 11.8 ounces
  • Paperback : 244 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1494729899
  • ISBN-10 : 149472989X
  • Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 20, 2013)
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.55 x 9 inches
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 20 ratings
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