Richard Frederick Challis was born on April the 7th 1924 in Stafordshire, England, the 5th child of 10. His father was a master painter, and his efforts to feed his large family during the great depression of the 1930's is the basis of the novel "The Old Firm".
Richard was apprenticed at 15 and gradually rose to become the area sales manager for his company for the North of England. This is told in Richard's business autobiography "Time and Chance"
Richard migrated to Australia in 1964 and was his company's regional Manager for the Far East and Oceania. His international travels are related in the novel "When Angels Travel".
After leaving his company, Richard became a lecturer at the Elton Mayo School of Management (Now part of the University of South Australia) specialising in international marketing.
A collection of 5 short stories for children with Joey, a little boy living in outback Australia. The 5 stories:
"Joey’s New Job",
"Joey and the Boomerang Tree",
"Joey and the Didgeridon’t",
"The Dog That Lived On Paper" and
"Joey and Tyrannosaurus Rex"
total 4700 words.
There is also a brief explanation of a few of the many Australia references in the stories.
Illustrated with colour pictures.
The author spent a month's holiday each year staying with his grandmother in rural Suffolk from the time he was ten to when war broke out when he was fifteen.
This is a collection of six true short stories only totalling about 5700 words in which the author is able to capture the society and atmosphere of 1930's country England, and convey images of a bygone era.
The Old Firm is the story of how the genial, generous and gregarious George Charlesworth, master painter, manages to find enough work to feed his family and keep his men employed during the Great Depression of the 1930's.
This is closely based on the Author's own father and his company. One difference is that Gregory Challlis had 10 children.
Time and Chance is the business autobiography of Richard F. Challis, covering his life from when he was 15 and became a management aprentice until he was 36 and was his company's area sales manager for the north of England.
The author describes the cutthroat politics of the office.
When Angels Travel is a fictionalized account of the international business travels of Richard F. Challis during the 1960's. It starts with his visit to Moscow.
He visited many countries in 4 continents. His style is very personal and easily readable. This story follows on from his business autobiography, "Time and Chance".