Published: 01/05/2011
ISBN: 9781848766143
eISBN: 9781848769281
Format: Paperback/eBook



“This book is a gallop through a 20th century world very far removed from that of today. In a style that is straight, unselfconscious and direct, Agnes tells of her childhood problems in a stifling world under German, and then Soviet Occupation... The story of a life, as well as a world that is no longer ours today, simply and unpretentiously told, and adding up to a warm and human record of the time.” Chris Harlow, Lecturer, Oxford Brookes university.

“This wonderful book of memoirs opens up vivid worlds of experience and adventure... The author recaptures in intense detail the colours, smells and tastes of other places, along with the intimacies of family relations and friendships... The book joins other personal travelogues in enabling the reader to see how intimate relations and homes are built from chance meetings and shared experiences in odd places, away from home.” Pnina Werbner, Keele University.

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Not a boring life. Started in a free country, but my formative years were spent under German/Nazi oppression, then WW2 and Soviet occupation. Disappointments after disappointments followed includi... read more

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Bye Bye Budapest
An Autobiography
by Agnes Kabdebo-Gedeon


On 6th March 1936, somewhere in Budapest a baby girl was born to Laszlo and Lily Wohl. My mother explained that she was a child diagnosed by doctors as having an unusually large heart which her body then grew to accommodate.


This is the story of author Agnes Kabdebo-Gedeon and her life, which has been enriched by her daughters, Lily and Andrea. Bye Bye Budapest covers a period of fifty five years spent in three different counties; Hungary, Guyana (South America) and Great Britain.

Agnes was born in Budapest and spent her first twenty years there; the first ten under German/Nazi occupation, the second under Soviet teror. She escaped in 1956 because she wanted to become an architect. Her dream was fulfilled by this country, where she qualified, worked and raised a family.

In the book she recounts living through periods of war, her three marriages and her family. The story is interspersed by her own poetry and pictures documenting her life. It will appeal to fans of history and biographies and those who have seen similar times.

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I produced "Through Alien Eyes" - the biography of a lady, herself a refugee from Nazi occupied Austria who patronised me on my arrival in England.
"Apu and Me" is the story of how my father survived and helped others in desperate times. I wrote it from memories and from tape recordings made long after the events.

South Manchester Reporter, March 2011

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