March 20, 2012

(Giveaways!) 1923: A Memoir by Harry Leslie Smith

Harry Leslie Smith has been there, done that. At almost age 90, one wonders about all the things he's seen. He "marvels" at his advanced age.. but the best thing is that he shares some of his fabulous stories with the world. He is offering a lucky follower of HF-Connection e-book copies of all of his books, which are featured below:

Published November 2010

1923: A Memoir
To say that Harry Smith was born under an unlucky star would be an understatement. Born in England in 1923, Smith chronicles the tragic story of his early life in this first volume of his memoirs. He presents his family 's early history their misfortunes and their experiences of enduring betrayal, inhumane poverty, infidelity, and abandonment.

"1923: A Memoir" presents the story of a life lyrically described, capturing a time both before and during World War II when personal survival was dependent upon luck and guile. During this time, failure insured either a trip to the workhouse or burial in a common grave. Brutally honest, Smith 's story plummets to the depths of tragedy and flies up to the summit of mirth and wonder, portraying real people in an uncompromising, unflinching voice.

"1923: A Memoir" tells of a time and place when life, full of raw emotion, was never so real.

Published November 2011
Twenty-two years old and ready for peace, Harry Leslie Smith has survived the Great Depression and endured the Second World War. Now, in 1945 in Hamburg, Germany, he must come to terms with a nation physically and emotionally devastated. In this memoir, he narrates a story of people searching to belong and survive in a world that was almost destroyed.

"Hamburg 1947" recounts Smith's youthful RAF days as part of the occupational forces in post-war Germany. A wireless operator during the war, he doesn't want to return to Britain and join a queue of unemployed former servicemen; he reenlists for long term duty in occupied Germany. From his billet in Hamburg, a city razed to the ground by remorseless aerial bombardment, he witnesses a people and era on the brink of annihilation. This narrative presents a street-level view of a city reduced to rubble populated with refugees, black marketers, and cynical soldiers.

At times grim and other times amusing, Smith writes a memoir relaying the social history about this time and place, providing a unique look at post-WWII Germany. "Hamburg 1947" is both a love story for a city and a passionate retailing of a love affair with a young German woman.

Published November 2011
The Barley Hole Chronicles

These Chronicles document one Yorkshire family's descent into the wilderness of poverty and hunger. It is a personal record of one young man's struggle to survive the Great Depression, the Second World War and the hazards and wonders of life in postwar Germany.

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To all those folks with E-readers, this is triple giveaway for you! If you would like to enter for this ebook giveaway, please comment on this post and say hello to Harry! Leave me your email address so I can coordinate your prize.
If you don't win, fire up that Kindle and get this bargain while it's hot: 99 cents for 1923: A Memoir! His other works in ebook format are pretty easy on the wallet also, and I have a feeling these will be great stories for those interested in the era(s!) that Harry has seen, as reviewers have already noted. They are also available in paperback format for us old fashioned folk.
Giveaway ends March 26, 2012. Good Luck!


  1. Sounds interesting! All of the WWII novels I've read have been very good and I really should include some non-fiction. The Diary of Anne Frank is the only one I've really read. Thanks for the giveaway :)

  2. Don't count me in for the E book but this sounds a good read.

  3. Would love to read all three of these! Especially on my nook. Am on a WWII reading kick and these look gripping.


  4. Would love to win this. I think that these kind of books are precious, preserving the first hand accounts of history so that it doesn't get lost for future generations. And the stories are so fascinating.



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