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"A happy family is but an earlier heaven".

George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950

15/12/2012

 The problem I faced when writing the book was what to put in and what to leave out. On advice of a distinguished professor of English at Queen's University, Belfast I have omitted certain material that she considered would bore the average reader because of its repetitiveness; even though these incidents on my journey were of immense importance to me.

I think, for example of the German printer who claimed that he had not been paid by the distributors on my behalf, yet sent me a bottle of expensive champagne for Christmas.

John Steinbeck, in his novel, Cannery Row, summed up my life's experience.

"The things we admire in men, kindness, generosity, openess, honesty, understanding and feeling are the concomitant of failure in our system. And those traits that we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meaness, egotism and self interest are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second".

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