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An Ordinary Life Revisited

Peter Dorrell

With engaging humour and a philosophy forged through challenging and changing times, Peter John Dorrell invites us into his rich kaleidoscope of a lifetime's adventures.

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ISBN : 978-1-78830-481-8
Published : 30/04/2020
Pages : 227
Size : 205x140
Imprint : Olympia Publishers


Peter Dorrell

How does one sift the wheat from the chaff? I started by reading some of my old diaries and poems - and I did a lot of painful soul-searching. I can't say I've had a bad life; it could have been better, but then that is true for us all. I'm sure we could all benefit from an analyst, a life-style coach and a personal trainer. However, my intention was not to complain about my life, but to examine it with a view to gathering some understanding. For, like Horace Walpole, I do not understand anything until I have written it down. At various times in my life I have tried to improve myself by reading such subjects as philosophy, psychology, sociology and science. I am by no means an expert on any of these subjects, I just have an enquiring mind. This is essentially a coming of age saga, with a lot of bad poetry, some regret and I hope, a modicum growth.

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With engaging humour and a philosophy forged through challenging and changing times, Peter John Dorrell invites us into his rich kaleidoscope of a lifetime's adventures. From a working-class background in post-war London, the author leads us through a fascinating journey of reflections on relationships and a varied career in the printing trade, sales and the civil service. Experiences of national service play their part in forming character and broadening horizons. There is refreshing honesty as adversity, frustration and despair present challenges in the search for personal fulfilment. The author regularly finds solace in verse as events compel him to transfer observations into poetry. In this insightful, ‘warts and all' evaluation of both the personal and the international scene, the reader is compelled to evaluate the world afresh and embark on a rare and rewarding voyage through the ‘university of life'.

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