This is a story of a Dutch-born Australian who cast off his European roots to begin a new life in Australia. Arriving in 1951 with the required £100 landing money, a family, an innate merchant flair and an indomitable will to succeed, he single handedly built from the ground a business that laid the solid foundation for what has become the largest importing and marketing business of international food brands in Australia. Simon Manassen was born in 1920 in The Netherlands. His parents were Jewish wholesale and retail meat traders and being the firstborn son it was expected of Simon to follow in their footsteps. But fate intervened. In September 1939 World War II broke out. In May 1940 when Simon was 20 years old the Germans invaded Holland and the Nazi persecution of the Jews forced the family to go underground. Risking his own life, Simon was instrumental in securing the survival of his immediate family.
It is sixteen years since Pam wrote her autobiography From Ochre to Azure Blue, telling about the first part of her life. She began writing in a diary in 2006 after her mother became ill and given a feeding tube, in a nursing home. To balance her sadness, she began minding her eight-month-old granddaughter, Sofia who brought so much joy into her life. To compound her unhappiness, her husband Garnet died in 2007, followed by her mother six months later. Pam continued her diary, putting down her innermost thoughts and it became cathartic for her.
Sofia was the light of her life at this sad time and so her story for the last 11 years is written in this book. We are introduced to her other four granddaughters along with new partners for her sons. She has now found happiness at the War Vets which she moved into nearly three years ago.
Pam has been a prolific writer, having written 12 books in 20 years. Will this one be her last?