A WAR survivor who fled communism is set to meet fans of his first novel at a book signing in The Bridges on Saturday.
Anthony Gyimes left the Eastern Bloc in 1970 to seek asylum in Sunderland with his partner.
The 76-year-old had spent his childhood in war-torn Hungary, and experienced communism after the defeat of the Nazis in 1945.
He has now written a historical novel which describes the time and the struggle his family faced.
“It is about members of my family – my grandparents,” he told the Echo.
“My father is mentioned, but he fought on the Russian front, and we were in Nazi territory.”
The novel follows two women – Regina and Valeria – and the struggles they faced looking after their families during the conflict.
“It took me a fairly long time to write,” said Anthony. “My sight is not so good, and at the time my partner was in hospital having a biopsy, but once she came home I was able to write.”
Anthony, of Ryhope Road, lived with partner Eileen Olswang, an ex-Thornhill School teacher, who died aged 88, for 41 years. He visited Hungary again in 1988.
The novel – Dawn of Dawns – was published in the UK and Hungary last year.
“I think it has been doing quite well,” he said. “Friends in Hungary like it and everyone has given good reports. I think I did the best I could.”
The signing will take place from noon to 2pm tomorrow in Waterstones.