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Book inspired by
father's war escape
Inspiring story: Houghton Bay resident Tricia Glensor with her debut novel
for teenagers, Telling Lies, inspired by the experiences of her father,
pictured, during World War II.
Photo: HAMISH CARDWELL
I imagine there was
probably quite a lot of
flirtation that went on.
By HAMISH CARDWELL
A Houghton Bay resident s pil-
grimage to meet the woman who
saved her father s life in World
War II has inspired her to write a
Freelance editor Tricia Glensor
recently released a children s
book, Telling Lies, that includes a
main character based on her
father s heroine, Frenchwoman
In 2008, Ms Glensor spent an
Monique, the only surviving mem-
ber of the Fillerin family.
They hid RAF navigator Ray-
mond Glensor from the German
occupiers after he was forced to
bail out over their village.
There were tears when Monique
Fillerin, now in her mid-80s, was
shown a photo of herself and Mr
Glensor, taken when she was 15.
Ms Glensor said she was an
amazing character. She said she
tried to thank Ms Fillerin for look-
ing after her father, but received a
fierce response: it was not charity,
it was war.
Ms Fillerin, who won medals for
her courage, continued to help
downed airmen even after her
parents were captured, tortured
and sent to concentration camps.
They were lucky to survive.
Though any mistake had poten-
tially deadly consequences, there
were fun times as well.
Ms Glensor described how Ms
Fillerin had exclaimed, We loved
your father, we had such fun .
And probably for Monique it
would have been really quite
exciting having all these rather
dashing young airmen landing in
their back garden. I imagine there
was probably quite a lot of flir-
tation that went on, Ms Glensor
Only after Ms Glensor returned
to New Zealand did she decide to
write a book.
She told the story from the
point of view of the young girl that
she imagined Ms Fillerin would
The story describes how the Fil-
lerin family hid Mr Glensor from
the Nazis, after he bailed from his
crippled bomber over a small vil-
lage in occupied France in 1942.
Ms Fillerin s
renamed Simone, plays an import-
ant role in smuggling Mr Glensor
out of the country to safety.
Inspiration for the novel also
came from a journal Ms Glensor s
father kept of his time in France.
The book is fiction, but a few of
the incidents have been borrowed
from Dad s diary, she said.
Her father, like many other
returned servicemen, was reluc-
tant to talk about his experiences
in the war. He never joined the
RSA or marched in parades.
I think what a lot of my
generation s parents did was to
try to protect us from knowing
about that, and partly they didn t
want to remember it themselves.
I just wished that I had asked
him more, she said.
Ms Glensor said it was a shame
people wanted to hide the darker
parts of history.
That is partly why I wrote the
book, to make kids think about
My kids and I have lived
through life without ever having
to ask, What would I do if some-
one came up to my door asking for
help? she said.
Telling Lies, ($20) is available
from Unity Books in Willis St.
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