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Even though they say that everyone has a story worthy of a book in them, I never thought mine would ever exist anywhere outside of me. I didn’t think I had the patience or ability to remember all that information and devote myself to such a time-consuming project. And I’m not a writer. Or at least I wasn’t. I was a larrikin, a suburban and well-travelled country footballer, a banker, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a somewhat crazy thrill seeker always up for a practical joke and a good time. Anyone who has ever known me or seen me waterskiing naked knows that. (Yes, there is pictorial evidence of this in the book as well as many other tales that will surely give you a laugh or two.) I was having too much fun to grow up.
But when Paula, my wife of over forty years, fell ill – first with breast cancer while we were working in Kakadu and then more seriously with the incurable and emotionally cruel motor neurone disease (MND) – writing our story was a way of keeping me occupied and from going crazy, a way of making some sense of it all, if that was possible.
Apart from now being a writer, I’m also a business owner on the Sunshine Coast in Australia. I spend plenty of time in Cairns and Hobart where our two sons and their families live as well as everywhere in between and I still love to travel, although a recent knee replacement has slowed me down a little.
I hope you enjoy sharing our journey through life and getting to know Paula the way I knew her.
Thanks for reading!