Young writer vets Pat’s man­u­script

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WORLD War II vet­eran Pa­trick Flana­gan will have his mem­oirs pub­lished thanks to lit­er­a­ture grad­u­ate Made­line Her­mawan.

AF­TER more than 22 years, Pa­trick Flana­gan’s dream to pub­lish a mem­oir has been re­alised.

The 92-year-old, a World War II vet­eran who served in the Arc­tic con­voys, be­gan record­ing his life jour­ney in 1995.

But in May, Mr Flana­gan shared his short man­u­script with Bethanie South Perth vol­un­teer Cinta Her­mawan, who passed it on to her daugh­ter Made­line, a lit­er­a­ture grad­u­ate.

This started the project of ful­fill­ing Mr Flana­gan’s wish to get it pub­lished for his fam­ily to re­mem­ber him.

“My mother told me it was Pa­trick’s dream to get his mem­oir pub­lished and as a lit­er­a­ture grad­u­ate I couldn’t re­sist the re­quest,” Miss Her­mawan said.

“It has been an ab­so­lute plea­sure read­ing his sto­ries, from the beau­ti­ful tale of how he met and fell in love with his wife as a 14year-old boy to the de­tails of his time serv­ing in the British Navy.”

Bethanie South Perth will host a book launch on Au­gust 22.

Mr Flana­gan said he could not wait to give a copy to each of his three daugh­ters.

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Made­line Her­mawan with Pa­trick Flana­gan and his man­u­script and mem­o­ra­bilia.

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Made­line Her­mawan and Pa­trick Flana­gan. Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au

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