HOBART author Anthony R. Hope is sharing his passion for history and writing with the next generation.
Mr Hope, better known as “Tony”, snapped up the opportunity to personally present his book ‘Short Stories from World War Two’ to young book enthusiast Elijah Ryan when he learnt that Elijah’s great grandfather fought at the siege of Tobruk during the war.
One of the chapters of his book deals with Jerzy Otlowski, a Polish soldier who was with the allies at Tobruk, where the Polish Carpathian Brigade fought with Australian soldiers in 1942.
Jerzy was to settle in Tasmania.
“It is not only wonderful to meet a young person who loves books, but to learn that there is a family connection to Tobruk is pleasing,” Mr Hope said.
Mr Hope presented a signed copy of the book to the 12-year-old at a Salamanca coffee shop.
“I have never met an author before, so it was a thrill to receive firsthand a signed book from one,” Elijah said.
Caption: Tony Hope presents a signed copy of his book to 12-year-old Elijah Ryan.