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From Horses to Cyberspace

David & Helga Compston

In this memoir, From Horses to Cyberspace, David and Helga Compston recount their experiences from early World War II days in Britain to retirement.

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ISBN : 978-1-84897-852-2
Published : 28/02/2019
Pages : 227
Size : 205x140mm
Imprint : Olympia Publishers


David & Helga Compston

David Compston CBE
David Compston was born in October 1938. His formative years were spent in remote wartime Cumberland. He was educated at boarding schools in Lincolnshire and then London.
He was one of the last generation of chartered engineers who obtained their academic qualifications by attending ‘night school', leading to his career as a consulting engineer with projects across the world.
After retiring, he became involved in Manchester's renaissance including the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

Helga Compston
Helga Compston was born in March 1936. Her time as a wartime evacuee in rural North Yorkshire was the foundation of her formative years. Returning to her family in suburban Manchester, she was educated in the state system.
She was one of the last generation of ‘stay at home wives' leading a full family life, while contributing to the work of very many charities and supporting her husband in the promotion of his business.
An avid reader, Helga became a ‘student' of history.

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In this memoir, From Horses to Cyberspace, David and Helga Compston recount their experiences from early World War II days in Britain to David's contribution in the revival of Manchester, to the extension of their family in retirement. 

The story, therefore, becomes a socio-historical and political account of Britain from post war austerity, leading to the ups and downs of the UK's standing in the world, 'The Sick Man of Eurpoe', 'The Winter of Discontent'. to the rivival of the work ethic under Margaret Thatcher.

There is focus on significant developments in the economy as it moved from a manufacturing base to services, with emphasis on information technology, while also following the changes in the social structure and culture of the nation as it became a multicultural society.

Depth to the story is provided with an insight into David's international engineering career spanning from Mexico to India to The London Eye. 

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