Brian Robertson started out as a farmer in Scotland more than 60 years ago. Since then he has served with the Gordon Highlanders in Cyprus, became a science teacher, developed curricula for schools and plied his trade in Scotland, Papua New Guinea, Southern Africa, Solomon Islands and in Australia, where he now lives. He hated school when young and learning to love books and to write was a very long and gradual journey for him. Since retiring he has written 27 textbooks for South Pacific schools and about 5 years ago started to write Digger’s Story, the biography of a prisoner of war of the Japanese. With co-author Ron Smallwood he has just completed Riotous Retirement, a humorous book about life in a Retirement Village. He is not short of stories to write about, so he intends to live to at least a hundred in order to get them all written!
Ron has been on this earth about 10 yours less than Brian. He is an ex-army engineer and served in Vietnam. After the army Ron plied his trade in several South East Asian countries and also spent many years in Papua New Guinea. Eventually Brian came to live in the Australian retirement village that Ron worked in and this is how they met. Unsurprisingly they became friends immediately, probably because of similarities in the patterns of their respective careers and also recognising that their paths had crossed in PNG although they never met there.
As Ron always says, "Working in Papua New Guinea turns you into a very special person and one can always recognise another"!
It was this empathy and understanding of each other, together with a similar sense of humour that set them on the path to write Riotous Retirement. And they plan to write a sequel.
by Brian Robertson
Retirement community life is harmonious, say the brochures. But this book has fifteen short stories that say—untrue! Retirement villages are where bored over 50s go, who enjoy a good fight, hate authority, argue like hell, question every rule and regulation and love to interfere in the lives of others. And it’s where the authors live. Riotous retirement is much more interesting than harmony.
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