An expansive, insightful and moving history of the Polish experience during World War Two, and its lasting legacy
Matthew Kelly was born in Plymouth in 1975 and spent much of his childhood in Devon. He was an undergraduate and graduate student at Balliol College, Oxford, where he received a DPhil in Irish history in 2003. His first book, The Fenian Ideal and Irish Nationalism, 1882-1916, was published in 2006. He writes for the London Review of Books and has just taken up a lectureship at the University of Southampton.
Both as a work of history and as an upmarket version of Who Do You
Think You Are? this book is a great success -- Dominic Sandbrook *
The Sunday Times *
A fascinating blend of biography and history, which poignantly evokes the pain and loss attendant on exile, in both wartime and peace. -- Ian Thomson * Daily Telegraph *
In Finding Poland, about his grandmother's deportation from Poland, he has a cracking story which he tells with compassion, verve, and the professional historian's restraint and accuracy -- Bridget Hourican * Irish Times *
Moving book...Scholarly without being oppressive, Kelly's book reminds us how millions of people in the last century were uprooted by war and ideology, their expectations blown to the winds, their horizons utterly altered. -- Dominic Sandbrook * Sunday Times *