Many readers of my book 'Stolen Years' have asked me what happened next to the characters in that novel.
They will be pleased to catch up with them in 'The Journey'.
Though this is not a sequel, the characters of both novels come together in the third part of 'The Journey'.
This reflects their life in the post war years, when, as refugees in England, they were placed in ex-army camps, forming close-knit communities.
Anyone brought up in that environment, or anyone with Polish connections, will find particular affinity with that part of the story.
I've just started to read the book. It tells the story of what happened to hundreds of thousands of Poles after the Soviets began deporting Poles from eastern Poland to Siberia and other parts of the then Soviet Union. It's a story I'm familiar with because it is what my parents experienced and told me about. I hope younger British Poles read it.
My only criticism is that Polish spellings of surnames are changed for the benefit of the English reader, for example W is substituted with a V which does not exist in Polish. It's a shame because to a person of Polish extraction the names look Russian. This ought to have been explained in an introduction.
by Zdzislaw Matusiewicz
Thank You for the truth! I was glued from start to finish! I was spared the war years, but my parents and family weren't. Not all could talk about it and to have such a record is excellent for future generations!
by Gaba Kobic
Recently, I have read Stolen Years and The Journey- fantastic books. I have learnt so much more about the German invasion of Poland.
The Journey is the same story that my husband's family took. Taken from Poland to Siberia and the hardships they suffered.
My husband's father and two of his sisters died in Siberia through hunger and disease.
My daughter and grand-daughter are going to read these books and learn so much about their ancestors.
Beautifully written but oh so tragic.
Very grateful reader. Thank you Ann Cieslicki
by Ann Cieslicki
Kazia Myers was born in Palestine, then under the British mandate. Her Polish parents were refugees and survivors of Stalin's labour camps. They settled in England after the war.
Kazia is a retired teacher, with a love for writing, painting and classical music.
She lives with her family in Leicester.