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By: Derek R Payne

Letters to Doberitz

Pages: 224 Ratings: 5.0
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This unique and compelling story has laid dormant for a 100 years. Inspired by real events and based on my own family during the First World War, Letters to Doberitz is set between a German prison-of-war camp, the battlefields of France and family back in Bristol, as father and son endure very different wars. These were real people. They are my ancestors and family who left an extraordinary tale to be told. A lie is made in the name of love, with letters written compounding the deceit for years, all to protect the man that they loved. This is their truly unique story.

Derek R Payne is a semi-retired entrepreneur and inventor. He is also a poet and his poetry has appeared on television and radio broadcasts. Letters to Doberitz is his first novel.

Customer Reviews
5.0
24 reviews
24 reviews
  • Dorene Richards

    It is rare that I read a book and have to change my day as I cannot put it down. This was one such read. The story is captivating, and written so well that it seemed to flow from page to page. The characters were beautifully portraid and the story wonderful. My only complaint is that I have a list of chores to complete now that we're neglected while I continued to read this lovely and compelling book. I read a lot, but this is one of the best books I have read for years.

  • Mike

    Great book and very poignant for remembering the World War I.

  • Dorene Hicks

    I read on average a book every week. This book is the best I have read in months and just could not put it down!!

  • Ashley P

    Letters to Doberitz is a fantastic story and the fact that it's based on true events makes it that even more gripping. I only purchased this book a week ago and became glued to it within the first chapter! Recommend.

  • Alan Salter

    This book is a great story of one families struggle and commitment to overcome adversity set against the horrors of the first world war.
    I believe this book to be well written as once I started reading I could not put it down and the characters seem to become real people.
    The descriptions of conditions in the trenches and prison camp as well as life back in Bristol bring the story to life.
    I would recommend this book to anybody as a gripping true story set in the first world war

  • colin beaver

    Brilliant read. Once you pick it up you cant put it down. Looking forward to the next book coming out!

  • Carol Smart

    I am not usually drawn to this type of genre because of the period it is set in. This is because I'm usually unable to picture the characters and see the scene in my head. I was able to do it with this book because of the way the writer describes the scenes, which evoked visions, smells and feelings which I could interpret for myself to make it more relatable to me.

    This book has changed my opinions of books set in the past.

    Great read, page turner and I was genuinely sad to finish the book.

    I would recommend this book to all ages and both men and women. It conveys to us how people during the war sacrificed their life, in so many different aspects and not just on the front line. This is perfectly portrayed in this novel based on a true story.

  • Hans Beiter

    I picked-up this semi fictitious novel from a retrospective interest in WW1, which is said to be ”mother of all wars” From the new issues desk in Copenhagens best book store. My father served endless months in the standing Danish force although my country stayed neutral through the long War years. The special about this book is really you get to know the affects of war time to ordinary working-class people one Hundred years ago. A most unusual scenario. The saga of a grandfather in German POW and a great grandfather as A volunteer in the Royal Marines Infantry through 4 gruesome years at the front in France. You become part of this Bristol family of boot makers and share their fears and hopes through endless years.

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