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Peter Haase

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The author Peter Haase discusses his remarkable memoir, Liverpool Lad (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2016), which has stories of his growing up in postwar England, and more, with Joseph Planta.

Liverpool Lad by Peter Haase (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2016).

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Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:

I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver, at TheCommentary.ca.

Liverpool Lad by Peter Haase is one of the more charming books you’ll ever read. It’s such an engaging, entertaining, funny, melancholy memoir that you can feel awfully nostalgic about the era and place in which Peter grew up, without even having to set foot in Liverpool. A remarkable storyteller, Peter Haase takes us to the working class slums he grew up in the 1950s and 1960s, the youngest of four boys. You get a real sense of the times, the struggles, as well as the kinship and camaraderie that defines Peter and his family. The book takes us to the cusp of Peter’s adulthood, as he and the family move to Australia, but what an eventful, memorable bunch of years that are covered in this book. Peter Haase joins me now. I’ll ask him about this book and more. He is an electrician, builder, musician, artist, gardener, letterpress printer, and a former preacher and scriptural teacher and political activist. He eventually immigrated to Canada in 1971, before settling on Salt Spring Island in 1990 with his wife, the writer and publisher Mona Fertig. The book is published by Mother Tongue. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, in person today, Peter Haase; Mr. Haase, good morning.