SCARY AND STARTLING! Discoveries about history and my family's escape from China.

Elizabeth Tebby Germaine

South West
Notice Period:
Short (maybe less than one month's notice)
Paid: 30p a mile
6th November 2019
Adventure Endurance | China | History Culture | Japan

In China in 1927 my aunt was a young girl of 23 who experienced hostility to missionaries and foreigners, often known as 'foreign devils' - I discovered why when I looked at the unbelievably savage history since 1850 - and she witnessed part of the brutal purge of Communists by Chiang Kai Shek in Shanghai - I had previously found an amazing interview between a brave journalist, Gareth Jones, and a Warlord in 1935 and recently read that Jones was shot dead soon afterwards - I was completely absorbed re-reading a rare copy of a Penguin Special book - 'Mowrer in China' - and then discovered he had won a Pulitzer prize for his reporting from Hitler's Germany - my aunt's family escaped from Guilin in 1943 and I found old film footage of a US air base there and the thousands of Chinese living in the ancient walled city were completely evacuated in 1944 as the Japanese advanced - recently in a charity shop I came across a remarkable and disturbing book - 'China's Book of Martyrs' by Paul Hattaway (these are a few of the startling moments I had putting this talk together). The story of my aunt's family is included in my book - 'Lives in Burma and China 1927 -1951'

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About Elizabeth Tebby Germaine

I enjoy giving talks on my two books on history and my trilogy of novels which I wrote later. I have spoken at Probus Clubs, Rotary Club dinners, WI groups and U3A groups. I am happy to travel up to about 100 miles from Gloucestershire. I wrote the first book because I had a detailed diary about my mother's escape from the Japanese in Burma WW2 and many historic photos taken by an Aunt in Burma between 1937 -1966. I also had other original material which linked with the subject. Richard Atkins interviewed me on his breakfast show on BBC Radio Gloucestershire in 2013. Quite soon afterwards I acquired and was given a lot more material, (some previously unpublished) about 1942 in Burma and wrote the second book - 'Stories of Survival in Burma, WW2'

EXTRACTS FROM ALL MY BOOKS CAN BE READ ON and there are more details and reviews on my website,

REVIEWS: from Dr Rona Laycock, poet, creative writing teacher, editor of Graffiti and founder of Writers in the Brewery, Cirencester 'Elizabeth Tebby Germaine headlines at Writers in the Brewery, 28 March. We were delighted to welcome Elizabeth to our meeting at Writers in the Brewery on the evening of 28th of March. She kept us intrigued and enthralled by her account of her writing progress and readings from her novel. It was lovely to have a guest who connected with the group and who was able to encourage and answer questions and who managed all that with great good humour.'

SEPT. 2017 Talk about the Burma books. Thanks to the U3A Travel Group for the warm welcome at the Guildhall Cinema Gloucester, and it was good to hear your stories that connected with Myanmar

From Dave and Sue Wright, joint speaker secretary, U3A Earlsdon, Coventry 'We would like to express our sincere gratitude for your talk on experiences in Burma. It was a fascinating talk regarding a very difficult time in history. It was even more poignant due to your personal involvement with the subject. I am sure it was appreciated by all members present and expanded all our knowledge of Burma and its troubled past and present. Thanks again.'

NOV. 2019 from C.J.Boyd - Probus Club member: “Elizabeth gave us an interesting and informative talk on China in the Second World War, illustrated with helpful maps. Her presentation also provided a valuable insight into the broader history of China in the first half of the 20th Century.”

NOV. 2019 from John Higgins, Newent U3A. "Thanks to Elizabeth for providing an insight into one of the little-known aspects of World War 2, the military and civilian evacuation of Burma following the Japanese invasion. This was all the more poignant due to her family involvement in the arduous escape. Illustrated with plentiful, and probably quite rare, photographs from the time. This was a talk to make many of us reflect on the horrors of that part of our history."

My history talks are illustrated with many striking, historic photos of Burma/Myanmar (and a few from China).

With the talks on the novels I welcome a discussion of the many themes running through my novels

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