Wendy Holden is a bestselling author and former war correspondent with more than thirty books published, including the recent number one memoir of Captain Sir Tom Moore as well as numerous titles about remarkable women in WWII. Having had several works transferred to radio and television with three optioned for film, Wendy makes for a lively and engaging speaker sharing her remarkable stories with humour and warmth.
About Wendy Holden
Wendy Holden is an experienced author and novelist with more than thirty books already published. She has had numerous works transferred to radio and television and is an impressive speaker sharing her remarkable stories from 40 years of writing. She is a former Daily Telegraph journalist and war correspondent.
Wendy Holden delivers a fascinating and entertaining talk during which she takes her audience around the world. Using her books from which she takes her anecdotes, she has written about the controversial Irish abortion case to her latest on an indefatigable octogenarian known as ‘the Mother Teresa of Africa,’. Wendy speaks of her subjects with great humour and warmth.
Wendy Holden has had a writing career spanning forty years. Wendy Holden has written more than thirty books on everything from the Holocaust to fiction to canine capers. Ten of her books have become international bestsellers. Along the way she has worked with celebrities and animals, survivors of war and those who have suffered injustice or shown great courage.
Her many clients have included Goldie Hawn, Deana Martin, and Barbara Sinatra. She wrote the book of the film The Full Monty, penned the memoir of the only woman in the French Foreign Legion (soon to be made into a film) and worked alongside Uggie the Jack Russell from the movie The Artist, and Haatchi & Little B, that adorable disabled dog and boy whose story became a Number One bestseller. As the author of Born Survivors, the true story of three young mothers who hid their pregnancies from the Nazis and gave birth in the camps, she has become an international public speaker, addressing everyone from schoolchildren to members of the Senate and at the House of Lords.
One of her most popular talks, Around the World in 30 Books gives a remarkable insight into the life and work of one of our most prolific and sought after writers.
Remarkable Stories of War
Drawing on nine of her books that have a wartime theme or background, Wendy tells what it is like to work with elderly veterans and survivors who have an urge to tell their stories before it is too late. The experience of war shaped the lives of these people forever and forced them to step out of their ordinariness to become extraordinary, through courage, defiance, and hope. A fascinating discussion on the nature of courage and what makes us do something remarkable. Women like Zuzana Ruzickova, a child musical prodigy who survived three concentration camps to become one of the world’s foremost musicians and defy her Communist puppeteers. Zuzana, 90, died less than one week after she finished telling Wendy her story. Or Susan Travers, 94, the only woman in the French Foreign Legion, who fell in love with a (married) French general and followed him into the deadliest of wars. She, too died before her book was published in eleven countries. Then there was Marthe Cohn, still alive at 101, who went behind enemy lines as a spy even though she was Jewish, aged just twenty-two, and less than five feet tall. And, of course, Wendy will talk with deep fondness about her friendship with Captain Sir Tom Moore, a veteran of the bitter Burma Campaign who, at 99, decided to do ‘a little walk’ for charity and raised £33 million for the NHS.
Wendy’s international bestseller Born Survivors has touched hearts around the world. Published in 22 countries and translated into sixteen languages, it tells the remarkable story of three young mothers who defied the Nazis to give birth in concentration and slave labour camps towards the end of the Second World War. All three mothers and their babies survived, although their husbands and most of their families perished. In spite of the stark horrors of war, this is a truly redemptive story, full of courage and hope, telling of the kindness of strangers and the ferocity of a mother’s love. Wendy’s ongoing friendship with those three ‘babies,’ now all 76, is cemented by the fact that they have made her their ‘honorary sibling.’
Around the World in Thirty Books
Wendy cherry picks stories from her many titles and regales the audience with insider snippets from the lips of Frank Sinatra’s widow, Dean Martin’s daughter, Goldie Hawn, Captain Sir Tom Moore, and Billy Connolly. She gives a potted version of her two novels, the memoir of the Gucci heiress, and transports listeners back to WWII and the trials of war. Her three canine escapades get a brief airing too as she skips you through the tales of Uggie the dog, Haatchi & Little B, and Mr Scraps. a whirlwind tour through a fascinating writing career and one that never fails to surprise.