James Lettice was born in Wigan in 1940, a wartime baby. His cheery autobiography takes us through his short but eventful army career. A young man with a spectacular talent for getting into trouble, James' senior officers couldn't decide whether he was a leader or a follower and soon his name went before him as he made his mark on friends, colleagues and officers. His many escapades during his time as a 'bad soldier' make for lively reading, including numerous spells in jail, being ordered to 'thumb a lift' to Borneo, causing competitive bed-wetting and picking up ladyboys in Malaya. Eventually the army had enough of him and sent James and his drink problem home, where he met Jaci and started a family before reaching rock bottom. Much later in life, after a wake-up call, he began to write poems, some of which feature in this very enjoyable book.
After being discharged from the army I was employed in numerous jobs: Meat porter, window cleaner, Blackpool Pleasure Beach, biscuit factory, to name a few. Eventually at the age of 36 I got a job at the magistrate's courts.Drink blighted my life for a good number of years. In desperation at the age of 38 I managed to stop drinking with the help of Alcoholics Anonymous and a man called Tony. Words cannot express my gratitude.Eventually I started to write poetry, life-in-rhyme.I enjoy sharing my work as a speaker poet. I could never have dreamed that one day I would become a published author at the age of 76.I have now been sober for half of my life.
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