A Letter from Harry by Second World War RAF veteran Harry Leslie Smith, to be published June 2014

Posted on 2014/01/15 , tagged as harry leslie smith

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We are excited to announce that we will be publishing A Letter from Harry: Why the world we built is falling down, and what we can do to save it, by Second World War RAF veteran Harry Leslie Smith, in June.

Harry Leslie Smith was born in 1923 in Barnsley. King George V was on the throne. Stanley Baldwin was Prime Minister. Eliot’s The Waste Land was picking up mixed reviews. There was no NHS, no welfare state. Those who could afford to took care of themselves; those who couldn’t, suffered.

And then out of the rubble of the Second World War Harry’s generation rebuilt the country. They wanted to build a better, fairer world for their children and grandchildren. And they succeeded.

But now Harry sees history repeating – from NHS cutbacks to immigration policies and everything in between. With a voice as angry as it is lyrical, Harry shows us what the world looks like to him and why we shouldn’t take it lying down.

A Letter from Harry is a searing modern polemic that shows, with the indisputable force of lived experience, why the past shouldn’t stay buried, and the future is ours for the taking.

Read the announcement about the acquisition in the Bookseller or Book Brunch and find out more about the book here.