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Description - Short Story Collection by A. J. Spedding

My life story...where's the interest in that, I thought, until I started to put pen to paper...then I realised just how much I had done in my what seemed to be short time in this world. At 93 years of age and finally retired, some would say my life has been interesting, some would say erratic, some would say fulfilling, some would say hectic...I would say immense fun! I pick up my life story not from the day my dear mother brought me into this world, but from my late teenage years and joining the army; a fortuitous path I took as the army instilled in me a sense of duty, a sense of honour, a sense of purpose that I continued to strive for following demob. From there I had a few jobs; selling the Encyclopaedia Britannica, later the Junior Britannica, which then led to my own business...selling double glazing! Yes, yes, I hear all the moans and groans now, but in those days it was new...and it was a hard slog! From my adventures in Zagreb and World War II in Germany and Singapore, doomed flying lessons and scam investments, meeting my beautiful wife and my son's obsession with wanting a real pony, my wife's hens, mother-in-law and a gas explosion, to clubbing a chief inspector over the head and transporting him by wheelbarrow to a neighbour's garden, a silver teapot, a faith healer and Shep...Yes, it may have been hectic and erratic, it may have worried those around me, but I would definitely say interesting and immense fun!

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781849632935
ISBN-10: 1849632936
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x mm)
Pages: 105
Imprint: Austin Macauley Publishers
Publisher: Austin Macauley Publishers
Publish Date: 31-Jul-2015
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - A. J. Spedding

The author was born in October 1918, just before the end of the First World War. He lived through a century of tremendous change and turmoil, and his life was shaped by some of these; most notably the Depression of the early 1930s and the Second World War. He led a full, varied and colourful life and threw himself into things one hundred per cent. Even at the ripe old age of 93, he was still keen to try new experiences and learn new things. He did not take up writing until the age of 92. Along with his life story, the following collection draws on his life experiences and the people he met along the way, with just a dash of imagination added.