Richard Barker spent five years researching the war-time story of his father's life in occupied Belgium resulting in his novel - Harry's Boys.
At the outset of WW2, Harry, an Englishman, and his two young Belgian born sons are forced to flee Brussels in the face of the advancing German Blitzkrieg. They head north hoping to escape back to England but, unable to cross the channel, they end up in a small remote fishing village in southern Brittany.
As the German machine closes in on the remote village they witness a refugee ship steam by. Harry knows that going after this ship by sea is his last chance to get away and agrees an escape with a local fisherman. As they wait on the quay, Harry is told that things have changed and now there is no room in the little fishing boat for the children. Does he leave his boys behind and take this last chance to escape alone or stay with his sons and face the Nazis?
A true tale of a father's heartache and his sons' strength in adversity.
True stories are always more moving.
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About the Author
Dad was English, as far as I knew, and my mother was Swedish. A strange mix one would think. In 1972, all of us left South Africa and journeyed by ship to England where, on arrival, my two brothers and I were dispatched off to boarding school once more.
Dad passed away in 1992. I had no idea about his wartime experience until I was told that he had hand written a few pages about his life. This book is his story.
I have remained in England all my life and am the father of three beautiful daughters. I now live in the Kent countryside with my wife and our retriever dog.