Goodreads asked Ian Wilkinson:

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

Ian Wilkinson Right through my life, I have had jaw-dropping moments listening to what the two generations before me went through to make our world what it is. They were all modest, often reluctant to tell you what they’d been through in their childhood, through the great depression, and the Second World War. They would tell their stories in a matter-of fact way, as if it was nothing, and you’d be thinking, my God… so, a whole series of jaw-dropping moments inspired “Crossing the Water”. And all of them are true stories, some from my family and other true stories taken from oral histories of those times.

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