A brilliant read about a man who had an extremely interesting, colourful and lucky life – Jack Rogers, the author’s grandfather. It’s written as a memoir, which the author has pieced together and rewritten from a variety of sources.
Jack lived until the age of 106, managing to span the 19th and 20th centuries, right up to the year 2000! He sounds like a wonderful character, inclined to burst into music hall songs and make people laugh. The narrative includes his youth in London, his experience in the First World War (including a POW camp), being an early adopter of technology such as motor cars and TV, and how he became the world’s oldest newspaper columnist. Events both sad and joyful are described with honesty, wit and warmth. The chapters are short and the style is easy to read. There are a few photographs included too. I enjoyed this book very much and highly recommend it.
Independently published in 2021.