About The Author
Richard’s perception was acquired at the School of Experience,
and now at the age of 80 ranks as a graduate of the University of Life. But in this fast-changing world, has any of that any value still? Only the reader can decide the answer to that.
In this his first book, Richard offers to the reader a philosophy and psychology
that may be seen as akin to that of the ‘man (or woman)-in-the-street,’ with a thinking similar and a kindred spirit to the notional 'Man on the Clapham Omnibus,' adopted by the courts to arrive at what is justly and reasonably expected of how dealings in life are usually conducted by any fair-minded average person, who is so average in everything; of intelligence, of education, of achievements. That thinking is held out to be one of a common-sense, down-to-earth practicality and pragmatism; but there are times when Richard’s alter ego asks a question that neither he, nor life, as yet, have an answer.
Richard writes in a practical and thought-provoking way on a wide range of matters
that will be important to many who wonder what life is all about. His interest in introspection, the psychology of self, and ‘what makes us tick,’ began in his 50s and he researched the subject further in his spare time. There are 40 chapters in each of which he looks at a different aspect contemplated in the 20 years of writing.
With a degree of insight, Richard draws on his varied experiences of life
working with people and with animals as a veterinary surgeon. Those experiences included real-life experiences whilst being an employer and founding partner in a professional partnership, that became an SME of up to fifty staff of young men and women, with all the tribulations employees bring with their worries, stresses, marriage and relationship breakdown, even, sadly life’s disasters of divorce, miscarriage, abortion and suicide; all that plus the worldly issues of employment law, H & S and COSHH matters as they developed between the thirty years from 1970.