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By: Byron Stratford Davis

Byron and the Kindness of Strangers

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In 1938, at the tender age of eighteen months, Byron Stratford Davis, the author of this memoir, first set foot on British soil. Remarkably, from that moment, his memories crystallized with exceptional clarity, etching themselves permanently in his mind.

His mother, with a German lover back in Hamburg, may or may not have come to England as a German spy. The decision of her true intent is left to the reader’s judgment. Raised in Scotland, his mother was far from the endearing or conventional figure one might wish for. By the age of eighteen months, Byron had already developed a deep mistrust of her, and by two, he had resolved to distance himself from her entirely. Hard to believe? That’s for you to judge! This tale unfolds in a modern Dickensian fashion, revealing its truths along the way.

More than just a World War II story, this narrative is unique in its exploration of friendship and the profound impact of the City of Brighton. It’s not only a recounting of survival and self-discovery but also a love story and a heartfelt tribute to the city and its remarkable inhabitants who played a pivotal role in shaping and rescuing him.

In 1938 at the age of 18 months, Byron Stratford Davis, a refugee child of a Scottish mother who was working in Germany and an absent American father, arrived in England from Germany. Over the next five years, several kind and talented strangers in the city of Brighton and Hove were instrumental in creating and mapping out his future life as a searcher, explorer, physician, and writer-poet.

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