SUNDERLAND has become entangled in a Second World War drama in a new novel.
Wearside author Henry Nixon has penned The Jew From Lodz, a tale which spans three decades and starts and ends in the city.
It tells the story of protagonists Cliff, who is trying to trace his childhood sweetheart Diane, and also follows her efforts to trace her father, who she believes died in the Auschwitz concentration camp along with Aaron, who is trying to find his daughter in England.
Henry said: “It’s been years in the making.
“I used to make stories up when I was little.
“I would watch tramps out of my window drinking and making fires, and I made stories up about them.
“Then my daughter asked me to tell her stories, and that was how the book started.
“She asked me to put them on the computer for her so she could read them again, and once I started doing that, I felt the urge to return to writing.”
Henry – who grew up in Bramwell Road, Hendon, is married to Diane, 61, and has a daughter Kirsty, 36 – used some of his family’s background as inspiration, although he has no link to Judaism.
The 73-year-old, who moved to Leicester more than three decades ago for work, added: “I love it in Sunderland.
“My wife is from Fulwell originally, and my brother still lives in Newcastle Road, so I come back to visit him.
“I would love to move back – I’m Mackem through and through.”
The Jew From Lodz can be bought online at Amazon and costs £6.74.