I was born in 1957 in Lusaka, which was the capital of what was then known as Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia. I was sent to boarding school in Southern Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, at the age of seven and then on to school in Cape Town, South Africa.
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. 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.
At the outbreak of the Second World War, German troops are storming through Europe. Englishman Harry, having settled in Brussels, has to get away... fast! But what of his two young Belgian born sons, Paul and Stephen? They head for the northern French coast but are unable to cross the English Channel to safety. They eventually find themselves holed up in a small 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.