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Remember Me by Derek Hansen

Remember Me

by Derek Hansen

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Set in the Auckland suburbs of Grey Lynn and Ponsonby in 1956, a 12-year-old boy becomes privy to a World War II secret. A prolific and talented essay writer, he writes (and embellishes) the story of an encounter with a U-Boat off the coast of New Zealand, a secret that has driven a man consumed with guilt, to drink. The essay sets off a chain of events that see the German U-Boat captain arrive in New Zealand and the community, still suffering the after effects of the war, torn apart. Author Derek Hansen was born in England, raised in 1950s New Zealand and now lives in Australia. His childhood memories in Auckland have been drawn on extensively, which lends the novel authenticity that could otherwise be lacking. As well as a social history, the story explores the post-war era in both Germany and New Zealand and the adventuresome spirit of the post-war generation. A great yarn! ( )
  DebbieMcCauley | May 6, 2017 |
A great read. Set in Auckland in the 1950's, the book is peppered with reminiscence about places I know and times I remember, though more vaguely than the author. A book about strength of character and the all-to-close memories of WWII. ( )
  earthsinger | Jan 5, 2013 |
After reading the 'Lunch' series I wasn't dissapointed. Hansen's unique approach makes great reading.
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Sometimes the best intentions can bring you undone. To this day I'm convinced that I did nothing wrong, yet I still managed to bring the world tumbling down around my head and the heads of those nearest and dearest to me.
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In is 1956. A twelve year old boy writes an essay which inadvertently uncovers a secret from World War II: a secret of a boat adrift on a moonless night, and a treacherous act of kindness. His discovery start chain of events that rips a close community appart, turning friend against friend, neighbour against neighbour. Australian author.

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A twelve-year-old boy writes an essay as part of his homework, and inadvertently uncovers a secret from World War II. The secret unleashes a chain of events which rips a formerly close community apart, turning neighbour against neighbour, friend against friend. It is Auckland, 1956. New Zealand has been spared the destruction which ravaged Europe and Asia but beneath the surface bitter memories and old enmities run deep. The war is over but, as the boy discovers, it is far from done with. Remember Me is a story of struggle and redemption, in which a New Zealand schoolboy and a former U-boat commander form an unlikely alliance. It is also a reminder of what can happen in a close, cosy community when the world comes knocking on your door.… (more)

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