Bognor Boy: How I Became an Anarchist

by | Apr 11, 2017 | News | 0 comments

I have just completed the MS of my early memoirs ‘Bognor Boy: How I Became an Anarchist’.

It is an account, with photographs and poems, of my early life, growing up in Bognor Regis in Sussex on the south coast of England. The son of a famous Spitfire pilot and race-horse trainer, I was largely brought up by my divorced mother and my conservative grandparents who owned hotels. I was then sent to a deeply Anglican and traditional boarding grammar school in Sussex.

Afterwards, I was trained in London and went to sea as a Purser Cadet in the P&O-Orient Lines. Having voyaged around the world, I resigned and taught English in Dakar,Senegal, West Africa, for a year.

I returned to take an external degree from London University in English, French and Spanish. Being involved in the revolutionary atmosphere of the sixties, my past experience and reading eventually caught up with me and I became an anarchist.

I’ve tried to make my early memoirs give a real insight into the culture of the times as well as offering a compelling narrative of an unusual and varied life.