Centenary book published after 15 years

Thousands of pictures, letters and diaries spanning over six decades
ST NICHOLAS-AT-WADE, U.K. - May 8, 2023 - PRLog -- After fifteen years' work, the sequel to Reflections in an Oval Mirror is finally ready for publication. The original work described how Anneli Wiemer, a young girl leading a carefree existence on an East Prussian farm, gradually had to wake up to the realities of Nazism and then the Second World War, finally being forced to flee across the frozen wastes in a horrendous trek to escape the Red Army.

Her new book, Carpe Diem, describes her life after arrival in West Germany. At first, as a refugee she moves rapidly from one job to the next - interpreter for military government, secretary, hotel receptionist... Finally she finds work as a journalist, and ends up assisting The Observer's foreign correspondent in Berlin, just at the time when the Marshall Plan and Russian blockade are starting. Forced to flee again in the Berlin airlift, she is then asked to become a mother's help for the original Swallows and Amazons at Lake Coniston, before beginning her own family in Kent. But the adventures continue...

The author had drawn up an initial draft for Carpe Diem already before Reflections was published in 2008 - but died in 2011 before it could be completed. Her family have been working ever since then to tease out the details from her countless letters, diaries, and thousands of annotated photographs, and compile them into a coherent narrative.

The original book was published on Anneli's 85th birthday; this sequel is now being published on what would have been her 100th birthday. It will be available soon from all major retailers, but in the interim, more details can be found at https://ozaru.net/ozarubooks/carpediem.html

Carpe Diem: The Ongoing Journey of an East Prussian Exile
Author: Anneli Jones
Publisher: Ozaru Books, St Nicholas-at-Wade (https://ozaru.net/ozarubooks)
ISBN: 978-0-9931587-3-5

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