Feed Thy Enemy written and self-published by Sue Parritt is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.
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In this heart-warming narrative based on a true story, a British airman embarks on a plan that risks it all to feed a starving, war-stricken family.
Thirty years after serving in World War II, middle-aged Rob’s holiday plans see an unforeseen change that leads him on a coach tour of Italy. Struggling with post-war PTSD and depression, he reluctantly agrees to the journey – and sparks a dream that plunges him into long-stifled memories.
Set in Europe, Sue Parritt’s Feed Thy Enemy is an account of courage and compassion in the face of trauma. When Rob’s flashback delves into his attempts to save a famished family with a series of increasingly daring raids on his army’s supply stores, will he trigger suppressed remembrances of past war, love, and sacrifice – and find the strength to confront them in the present?
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I am so pleased to be involved in the blogtour celebrating and promoting the launch of Sue Parritt’s latest novel: Feed Thy Enemy. This is my first introduction to the work of Sue Parritt and she writes with such authenticity and I totally appreciate the research undertaken for this novel.
Feed Thy Enemy is a remarkable story based on the real life experiences of one man’s courage and compassion during WWII. During his time based in Italy RAF Sergeant Rob Harper strikes up an unlikely friendship with an Italian family and feels compelled to help them by smuggling food and buying much needed supplies and treats. However, the war, like many thousands of others, has left Rob with debilitating flashbacks and his mind is never at rest from what he’s seen and endured.
Just over thirty years on from the end of the war Rob’s life is about to take a journey back in time. A journey he’s taken in his head many times but also a journey he’s afraid to take. When holiday plans are scuppered and an opportune trip to Italy is offered Rob and his wife Ivy feel like fate has played it’s hand at giving Rob this time to revisit places and people that have haunted him for many years.
I was totally captivated by this story; the author Sue Parritt has written a very raw, honest account of a serviceman’s life in a war torn country many miles from home. You can sense and acknowledge the pain of losing a comrade, a friend and a feeling of hopelessness of the situation. It took the military and the government a long time to acknowledge the symptons of PTSD and many servicemen suffered greatly without any proper treatment.
Feed Thy Enemy is a historical time slip story told from the heart with compassion and honesty. It is based on the authors own father’s experiences during his time serving with the RAF. It’s an emotionally fuelled story but one that will leave you wanting to know what happened next to Rob, his family and his friends he made during WWII.
About the Author
Originally from England, Sue worked in university libraries until taking early retirement in 2008 to concentrate on creative writing. Since then she has written short stories, articles, poetry, a short TV drama script and six novels:
Sannah and the Pilgrim, first in a trilogy of a future dystopian Australia focusing on climate change and the harsh treatment of refugees from drowned Pacific islands. Odyssey Books, 2014. Commended in the FAW Christina Stead Award, 2014.
Pia and the Skyman, Odyssey Books, 2016. Commended in the FAW Christina Stead Award, 2016.
The Sky Lines Alliance, Odyssey Books, 2016.
Chrysalis, the story of a perceptive girl growing up in a Quaker family in swinging sixties’ Britain. Morning Star Press, 2017
Re-Navigation recounts a life turned upside down when forty-year old Julia journeys from the sanctuary of middle-class Australian suburbia to undertake a retreat at a college located on an isolated Welsh island. Creativia Publishing, 2019.
Feed Thy Enemy, based on her father’s experiences, is an account of courage and compassion in the face of trauma as a British airman embarks on a plan that risks all to feed a starving, war-stricken family. Creativia Publishing, 2019.
Sue’s current project, A Question of Country, is a novel exploring the migrant experience through the protagonist’s lifelong search for meaningful identity.
Passionate about peace and social justice issues, Sue’s goal as a fiction writer is to continue writing novels that address topics such as climate change, the effects of war, the treatment of refugees, feminism and racism. Sue intends to keep on writing for as long as possible, believing the extensive life experiences of older writers can be employed to engage readers of all ages.
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