Hardcover

IRON ANNIE AND A LONG JOURNEY

Lisa M. Hutchison
Biographies & Memoirs

An incredible life journey of a family before, during and after WWII in Germany. The joys, the heartaches, the inbelievable twists of fate will leave the reader breathless with anticipation.

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stunning read


★★★★★

A daring rescue, a harrowing escape, the theft of Eva Braun’s boots, piloting Hitler, surviving the horrors of WWII, an unexpected reunion,
the tragic losses and new beginnings in a foreign country.
Follow the astounding, thrilling and breathtaking journey spanning close to 100 years of a German family.
A mesmerizing read that will not disappoint.


 

Events

Book launch

Start: 09/21/2017, 2:00, PM o'clock
Location: Stratford General Hospital, Lobby  
Pre publication sales of "Iron Annie and a long journey" have been brisk. Most comments made ranged from "breathtaking, incredible, compelling" to "I could not put it down until it was finished".
It were these comments and others that were noticed by the local press and it was decided to have an official book launch in a venue never before used for such an event. I am very excited about this opportunity and look forward to more articles and photos to follow.
Stay tuned!
 

60 books sold in one hour

Start: 09/21/2017, 12:00, AM o'clock
Location: Stratford, Ontario, Canada  
Had my official book launch today, sold 60 books in one hour!
As well as a radio interview and a great review in the local newspaper!
Great day!!!
 

 

News

NEW WEBSITE

12/06/2017
 
I now have a new website - check it out!
 

write up in todays paper, December 2, 2017

12/02/2017
 
Stratford resident Lisa Hutchison has published her second book.

But there’s a common misconception about Iron Annie and a Long Journey. A biography on her parents’ journey from wartime Germany to Canada – its timeline spans about 80 years – readers often conclude the title must be about her mother, Charlotte.

“Well it isn’t,” she said Friday. “Iron Annie is a nickname for the plane that my father flew.”

Her father, Albert, was a pilot in the German air force prior to World War Two. Back then he flew the Junkers Ju 52.

“Which was the workhorse of the country’s airline, and later on, the air force,” she said. “Because you could hardly destroy this airplane the British dubbed it Iron Annie.”

Along the way Albert befriended Nazi military leader Hermann Göring, learned some inside information about Hitler, and devised a daring escape plan, which involved smuggling two Jewish women out of Riga, Latvia in his plane.

“The crazy part was these two ladies, who were sisters, eventually made their way to Canada and lived in the seniors home in Toronto where I worked for a while and it turned out that those two ladies told me their stories and it was my dad’s story,” said Hutchison, whose husband, Robert, was born in Stratford and the pair have lived in the city for the last decade. “It’s an incredible journey.”

Iron Annie was published this past July. Over the first four months the feedback has been mostly positive.

“I’ve had fantastic reviews on it, it’s really selling very, very well,” she said.

She said a book launch at Stratford General Hospital in September sold over 100 copies through the first hour. It’s available online through numerous websites.

The story has been on Hutchison’s mind for years, but it gathered momentum during a trip to Portugal earlier this year. She regularly filed to editor Matthew Godden of London-based Thames Valley Wordworks, who encouraged her to keep at it.

“He just kept saying, ‘It is so amazing, just keep on writing,’” she recalled. “Wonderful man.”

Hutchison’s first book was a smaller publication called Pieces of Us. Her next project is based loosely on her great-grandmother, who was a staunch feminist.

“It’s quite interesting, but it’s more of a novel because I don’t have as much information as I did on my parents,” she said.






 

Author's Reading Book Review

11/17/2017
 
Iron Annie and A Long Journey by Lisa M. Hutchison is the story of one German airline pilot-Albert. Albert is in Germany before Hitler and WWII, during Hitler and after Hitler.

The book follows Albert from a young pilot with wife and two children to the end of his life. Early in life Albert loses his first wife and is left with two small children. From this point on, the reader is immersed in Albert's life and his journey. The trials and tribulations are plentiful for Albert and his family. He absolutely remains a steady, levelheaded man that the reader certainly enjoys following through the long journey. Albert goes on to remarry and have more children--serve as a pilot during WWII--live a life separated from his family for years only to be reunited with them.

Hutchison has written a story during some of the worse years Germany and the world has ever seen--unlike so many books written about this era, Hutchison does not focus on the the horrible Hitler, but on one man. The story of Albert's life is one that will keep you reading from page one. The hardships and inhumane things that Albert and his family endured never conquered Albert. His perserverance and outlook on life stays with him throughout the book - and serves him well throughout.

Hutchison writes a story that will appeal to all readers - the book is not about the ugliness of the times, but of the everyday man and his family and their survival!!


Excellent read!!!



 

Book reading

11/08/2017
 
A book reading and discussion in Stratford, Ontario is booked for November 8th, 2pm at Woodland Towers. Everybody welcome!!
 

book presentation

11/08/2017
 
Book presentation went very well, sold dozens of books, a number of people purchased their second and third book as Christmas presents. It is very well received. Have a few more presentations in the next few months.
Hope sales pick up in Europe!!!
 

Author page URL

10/18/2017
 
Amazon's author page now live
 

small milestone!

10/15/2017
 
Today I sold my 300th copy of Iron Annie and a long journey!
 

book of the week

09/25/2017
 
Iron Annie and a long journey took the title "book of the week" at the local library
 

Boston Public Library

09/15/2017
 

There have been many stories written over the years that delve into the lives of ordinary people living in the extraordinarily harsh and brutal times of war. Horrifyingly, these stories are still being lived today. Local author Lisa Hutchison has added to this body of literature with her recently published book 'Iron Annie and a long journey'.

The book details the lives of her parents Albert and Charlotte and their families starting in post-World War I Germany. Albert was a military-trained pilot who flew for Lufthansa and met Charlotte in her position as private secretary to the flight operations manager. Berlin was a glamorous, artistic city in the 1930's and Albert and Charlotte enjoyed building their lives and family there. This contentment was disrupted when Hitler came to power and Albert was hand-picked from Lufthansa to be part of Hitler's flying crew. In this position, Albert had contact with Hitler, Eva Braun and Hermann Goering while quietly, consistently resisting pressure to join the Nazi party.

What follows is a dizzying inside look at the lives of ordinary Germans in the midst of war. Focus on specific circumstances of Albert and Charlotte’s family is balanced with the big picture of the war in Europe. A significant portion of the book is written in dialogue, based on the author’s observations of how her parents communicated, with the result being a gripping, fast-moving read that doesn’t gloss over the hardships. - SAB
 

Iron Annie and a long journey

08/19/2017
 
A true story of an average German family - reads like a thriller! Personal connections to Goering, Hitler and other high ranking officials. An improbable rescue of two Jewish girls and the even more improbable reunion decades later. The horrors of WWII and private tragedies and the all encompassing love of Albert and Charlotte and their families. A very compelling read.
 

 

Recensions

Book review

01/30/2018
 
A true page-turner - Hutchison knows how to create a great balance between human interaction and historical information. The events engage the reader; causing them to wonder at the unfairness of war and its ravages. Iron Annie's journey preserves humanity above-all and through life; during a time of inhuman atrocities."

-R.L. Read, Former National Awards Chair, Canadian Authors Association



 

Cannot put book down

09/09/2017
 
„I just finished your book - incredible! Thanks for writing such a thoroughly engrossing story.“
These are a cross section of comments sent to me so far.
Amazon please take note!!! Download