Love Among the Ruins (Paperback)
A memoir of life and love in Hamburg, 1945
Harry Leslie Smith
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‘[Harry Leslie Smith] is absolutely one of my heroes. Everyone should read this and be humbled.’ Annie Lennox
‘A deep love of humanity is what animates Smith. He is a hero of our times.’ Newsweek
‘His straight-from-the-heart delivery makes these events seem as clear and immediate as if they happened yesterday’ Morning Star
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. Love Among Ruins: A memoir of life and love in Hamburg is 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.
‘His straight-from-the-heart delivery makes these events seem as clear and immediate as if they happened yesterday’
‘A deep love of humanity is what animates Smith. He is a hero of our times.’
‘The writing is beautiful and honest. The story is genuinely life-affirming.’