After being discharged from the army I was employed in numerous jobs: Meat porter, window cleaner, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, biscuit factory, to name a few. Eventually at the age of 36 I got a job at the magistrate's courts.
Drink blighted my life for a good number of years. In desperation at the age of 38 I managed to stop drinking with the help of Alcoholics Anonymous and a man called Tony. Words cannot express my gratitude.
Eventually I started to write poetry, life-in-rhyme.
I enjoy sharing my work as a speaker poet. I could never have dreamed that one day I would become a published author at the age of 76.
I have now been sober for half of my life.
James Lettice was born in Wigan in 1940, a wartime baby. His cheery autobiography takes us through his short but eventful army career. A young man with a spectacular talent for getting into trouble, James' senior officers couldn't decide whether he was a leader or a follower and soon his name went before him as he made his mark on friends, colleagues and officers.