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  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (1 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1482566842
  • ISBN-13: 978-1482566840
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.9 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 742,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Gervase Bolesław Vernon is the grandson of Bronia. Born in Paris he studied medicine in Cambridge and London. He has worked as a general practitioner (family Doctor) and as a medical report writer at the“Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture” (Freedom from Torture”.) He lives in Felsted, Essex, UK.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Terence Gilbert on 8 April 2013
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A beautifully-written short book, based on the real life-journey of the author's grandmother.
The main character confides her story to the author, imagining himself as a baby. This is a neat authorial device, allowing `her' to tell him of her life and of the grandfather he will never know, with frank honesty and with a delightfully subtle poignancy.
Evocative episodes are set in the Paris of World War I, the St Petersburg of the Russian Revolution, Interwar Poland (where Bronia's husband was `President-for-a-day' just after the Nazi invasion), and also Rome and New York (to name but a few).
The book should especially appeal to anyone interested in 20th Century European History particularly Russian History, or Polish History. Bronia was a woman who was quite close to several of the major events of the time, and she frequently took an active part. For serious students, the book is extensively sourced, but even as a casual reader, I found myself eager for more details about many of the characters, all of whom lived in real-life, and would recommend looking them up elsewhere.
Last, but by no means least, the cover of the book is graced by a lovely portrait of the main character, by the Polish artist Witkacy (1885-1939).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lecura Cidyny on 2 May 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading 'Belonging and Betrayal: Bronia's story'. It tells the story of Bronia, a remarkable woman who, despite the sorrow and hardship she endures, manages to remain positive and determined to make the most out of her situation. A fascinating study of the evolution of Europe in the first half of the 20th century and the effect it had on its people.

The author has done an excellent job presenting her complex life in straightforward and engaging prose. I particularly appreciated the use of family trees and photos to move the story forward. I only wish there could have been a bit more about her time as a spy - a sequel perhaps?!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Thomas on 17 May 2013
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Belonging and Betrayal: Bronia's Story is a fascinating read. Dr Gervase Vernon tells the story from Bronia's point of view, imagining her speaking to him directly when he was a baby (the author is Bronia's grandson).

Dr Vernon manages to find Bronia's voice with real emotion and integrity, as she tells to him the story of her relationships and her time as a spy during the First World War. The story is filled with fleeting but fascinating characters, all of whom are helpfully referenced at the beginning of the book, and it also contains some truly wonderful images. At only 112 pages long, it can easily be read in one sitting, and I found I devoured it all at once, and was left feeling as breathless and bereaved by Bronia's experiences as she undoubtedly was.

A sympathetic and engaging read, with plenty of helpful links of where you can find further information about Bronia and Bolec's tale, which you will no doubt want to do after reading this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bookworm on 4 May 2013
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This book takes us through the life of Bronia, a spy during the first World War. It takes us through the difficulties she faced being Jewish. Bronia is an inspirational character who faces many set backs in life with courage, putting herself in danger for others. Out of such tragedy develops a love story, and also hope through her grandson, Gervase Vernon himself. A 5 out of 5 for me!
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