SUMMARY OF THE BOOK
The story starts with the author's birth in 1920 at Chinley in the Peak District of Derbyshire. The unusual history of Chinley is traced, as is that of the author's family, about which unexpected discoveries are made. The importance and influence of quarrying in the Peak District are explained, and the author's support for that industry is vindicated.
Education at Latymer, London, and at Wyggeston, Leicester, is compared and contrasted. An adventurous introduction to the mining industry is described, followed by an unorthodox arrival at the University of Birmingham and three wartime years of enjoyable but exiting experience there. The final chapters deal with the author's development in the Christian faith, and his enthusiasms for music, art and sport.
Brian Fish was born into the turmoil at the end of the First World War. His arrival coincided with the importation of jazz from the USA. He enjoyed the dance band era as a teenager.
He attended two secondary schools, one much better than the other. He went to Birmingham University on scholarships, and endured that city's worst war years, 1939-42.
He was called up and was commissioned in the Royal Engineers. He saw active service in Burma, and survived great heat, many diseases and a savage enemy.
His subsequent career included periods as an explosives engineer, a research scientist, a managing editor of journals and director of a professional body.