Potlatch Publications is delighted to invite you to the launch of our new book Over The Top: A Love Story by Grace Wilkinson, to occur November 23rd 2014 from 2p.m. to 4, at First Unitarian Church of Hamilton Ontario, 170 Dundurn Street South. A full press release can be found by visiting the Stoney Creek News Website.
Those who attend will be entertained with live music of World War One (including “K-K-K-Katie”), readings by the author’s granddaughter Valerie Nielsen, who edited the book, and hearty refreshments.
This is a story called a “novel” by the author, although it is based solidly on fact. It tells of the stormy courtship and marriage of an “army” couple in the years leading up to and including the First World War. The settings are fascinating, the first section of the book occurring in the immediate area of Buckingham Palace, where Sgt. Ted Wilkinson served with the British Army. The other major setting is the beautiful Malvern Hills area west of London, where Ted was physical education instructor at a boys’ school and Grace served as cook. There they raised three sons. Like so many families in 1914, the Wilkinsons are caught up in the events of World War One, and Ted, now a lieutenant, is shipped to the Western Front in 1916.
This is a wonderful, entertaining “read” by a gifted writer, now being released to the public by Valerie, who was entrusted with the manuscript. She has also collected fascinating supporting documents, and a wide variety of photographs.
There is a powerful Canadian connection to the book; Valerie is a Canadian and her father Charles Wilkinson, Grace’s eldest son, served for twenty-two years as an editor at The Hamilton Spectator. Excerpts from his book Spirit of Britain are reprinted in his mother’s book Over The Top: A Love Story.
For further information about this or others of our books, please contact Potlatch Publications.