"He is neither a Valentino nor a Quasimodo, and if you don't know who they are, don't respond!" This stern admonition in a South African newspaper, May 1988, initiated the author's search for his third wife. Sixty one responses, and numerous rendezvous and meetings later, he found her: by no means all of them did know!
Crowns for Convoy is an autobiographical memoir of a full, varied and unordinary life. From wartime Liverpool, locations shift to Malaya, London, Thailand and, principally, South Africa. The book chronicles lifestyles gone forever, recounting regrets, changes of fortune, and serendipities.
The narrative style is dryly sardonic and succinctly mordant. The reader will find the journey absorbing, entertaining and unique.
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About the Author
John Devlin was born in Liverpool,U.K. in 1934, and was 5 at the outbreak of WW11. he served for 3 years in the Royal Air Force, mostly in Malaya (as it was then), and returned to Britain to live in London Subsequently he spent 4 years in Thailand before finally settling in South Africa in 1966, where he still lives. He has been married 3 times and has four sons. Some of these people even speak to him! A multifarious career has, inter alia, included advertising and marketing, lecturing, text-book author and published poet, editing, proof-reading and copywriting, journalism, speech-writing and book-reviewing, He has owned a personnel consultancy, a hi-tech industrial coating company, a service station and a mini-chain of fruit and vegetable shops.Reversing the usual procedure, his last, pre-retirement employment was 7 years at University. For several years he read for Tape Aids for the Blind, and while in Bangkok, was restaurant critic for the leading English-language newspaper. All this, and more, is recounted in a sardonically enthusiastic style that will attract and hold the reader.