Emma Oxford, Former Director of Concordia Books & Coffee Series, Returns as Featured Author Thursday, February 6 Print

Feb. 5, 2014: Emma Oxford, former director of community relations and Concordia's Books & Coffee Program, returns to discuss her first book, At Least We Lived: The Unlikely Adventures of an English Couple in World War II China, on Thursday, February 6, at 7:00 pm in the Sommer Center for Worship and the Performing Arts on the campus of Concordia College.

Inspired by her parents' extraordinary collection of letters and journals, Oxford began the book when she lived recently in Hong Kong, supplementing her parents' eyewitness accounts with her own extensive research on life in Asia during World War II.

Commenting on the book, Philip Snow, author of The Fall of Hong Kong: Britain, China, and the Japanese Occupation, said, "Emma Oxford has painted a vivid picture of the now distant world of two generations ago. Her story of an English couple in wartime China and Hong Kong is beautifully written, and her description of life in Chungking in particular lingers on in the mind."

Oxford is a founding member of HERO (the Hong Kong Escape Reenactment Organization) and a fellow of the British American Project, a transatlantic fellowship of over 1,000 leaders from a broad spectrum of occupations, backgrounds, and political views that celebrates and encourages the transatlantic relationship. A graduate of Oxford University, Oxford grew up in Malaysia and England. Her career has spanned the UK and the US, including time as chief of staff to two of Margaret Thatcher's ministers.

In 2011, Oxford moved to Washington, DC, with her husband, Michael Elliot, CEO of the ONE campaign, and spent time on her own writing, and she published At Least We Lived in August of 2013.

Concordia's Books & Coffee series is made possible through the generous support of Friends of Concordia. Admission is free, and no reservations are required. For questions, please contact CLOAKING or call Ellen de Saint Phalle at 914-337-9300, ext. 2159.

Pictured here:  Emma Oxford, author of At Least We Lived: The Unlikely Adventures of an English Couple in World War II China.

Photo courtesy Ellen de Saint Phalle, Director of Community Relations, Concordia College