The book's cover is a photograph of Gibraltar taken in 1890 from Campamento Spain and before Gibraltar's harbour was built. It shows the fortification walls as the French and Spaniards would have seen them during the Great Siege (1789-83).
The Irish Flag represents his wife's birthplace and the Union Jack his. Most of the photographs in the book are from the family's archives and were taken when photography was in its primitive and non-pixel stage.
In his young life the writer, oblivious to the landings occurring in the nearby Port of Algeciras, missed the advancing army of General Franco by a few hours despite the fact that gunfire could be heard a few miles away. Four years later he was to cross a devastated Spain on his way to boarding school in England. On that occasion they were also unaware that Hitler's armies were testing the Dutch defences before coming down in top gear.
Their experiences in wartime Britain, the doodlebug, the North West blitz, his Stonyhurst College experience and the aftermath of peace are all recorded.
The writer talks about the changes that took place in Gibraltar and his father's election to the 1st legislative Council as the only candidate elected on the 1st count. The Queen's visit to Gibraltar and their connections with the Maharaj of Jodhpur during the last days of Imperial Britain are also described.
The book is one of the selected Alumni stories for the tercentenary celebrations of the School of Physics at Trinity College Dublin 2011.