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Joanna Czechowska

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Derby, The United Kingdom



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Joanna Czechowska's father came to the UK from Poland during the war and fought with the RAF. He married her English mother after the war and settled in Derby. Joanna's early life was consumed with visits to the Polish club, Dom Polski, Polish Saturday school and the Polish language. She wrote the novel The Black Madonna of Derby (originally published in Polish under the title Goodbye Polsko) in 2008. The plot revolves around three generations of a Polish immigrant family living in Derby in the 1960s and 1970s. The sequel, Sweetest Enemy, was published in 2012 and continues the story of the family into the 1980s and 1990s with the rise of the independent trade union Solidarity. Joanna now lives in London and works as the chief sub editor an ...more

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David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks

An interesting evening at the launch event for The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell. It was held at the Garden Museum in Lambeth Palace. I had been there once before several years ago and remember the grave yard contains the graves of Captain Bligh of Bounty fame and John Tradescant father and son, gardeners to James I and Charles I. The museum was barely lit with interesting ethereal decorations, fa Read more of this blog post »
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"Rating: 4.5/5 stars

This book felt like home. I honestly don't think I've ever read a fiction book with Polish main characters, and I have never related to something more. It truly felt like I was living with this family, like I was a part of this fam" Read more of this review »
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The Black Madonna of Derby is a story of three generations of the Baran family who are Polish immigrants living in Derby, UK throughout the 1960s and 70s.

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