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The Tailor of Inverness

Matthew Zajac

The Tailor of Inverness by Matthew Zajac

The Tailor of Inverness is a story of journeys, of how a boy who grew up on a farm in Galicia (Eastern Poland, now Western Ukraine) came to be a tailor in Inverness. His life spanned most of the 20th century. His story is not straightforward. He was taken prisoner by the Soviets in 1939 and forced to work east of the Urals, then freed in an amnesty after the German invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941. He then joined the thousands of Poles who travelled to Tehran, then Egypt, to be integrated into the British Army, fighting in North Africa and Italy. He was then resettled in Britain in 1948, joining his brother in Glasgow. This is the story he told.

RRP: £8.99
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781908737458
Publication Date: 18/07/2013
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Matthew Zajac
Matthew Zajac grew up in Inverness and studied drama at Bristol University. He has worked as an actor for 30 years, appearing in theatres throughout the UK, and in numerous...


‘A revelatory and uplifting examination of self, family and national identity. Matthew's final discovery is heart-stopping and sincerely moving. This book ploughs a parallel furrow to The Hare with Amber Eyes.’

Misha Glenny

‘Mesmerising and lyrical.’

Annie Brown, Sunday Mail

‘This is a brave and unforgettable work that will leave your mind spinning as you contemplate the yarns that make up your own sense of identity.’

Kevin MacNeil, A Method Actor's Guide to Jekyll and Hyde

‘Brings to life brilliantly the effects that the war had on his own family and the way that it fractured their lives forever.’

The Scottish Field

‘A wonderful storyteller . . . part travelogue, part history, part biography and, at times deeply moving, this is a real page-turner. ’

The Press and Journal

‘His father's recordings hid the truth. That is what makes this book compelling.’

The Scotsman

‘Engrossing . . . written with tremendous affection. ’

Alastair Mabbot, The Herald

‘Zajac's account of his father's past makes riveting reading, as he tells of his life on a farm in Poland, his capture by the Soviets in 1939, his release and integration into the British Army and his eventual settling in Glasgow in 1948, joining his brother. ’

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