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The Old Man, the Boy and a Wreck

Daryl Tarte

When octogenarian ex- sugar mill manager, Greg Skipperton, meets his new fifteen-year-old neighbour, Paul Wilson, little does he suspect that a friendship will spring up that changes both their lives.

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ISBN : 978-1-78830-505-1
Published : 27/02/2019
Pages : 201
Size : 205x140mm
Imprint : Olympia Publishers


Daryl Tarte

The Tarte family have lived in Fiji for six generations. Daryl was educated in Australia and worked on the family copra estate for some years before joining Fiji's main industry - sugar - where he served as an executive for thirty years. He was Honorary Consul for Germany for many years and is now Chairman and a Director of a number of Fiji companies.

His hobby has always been writing and he has published novels about Fiji and the Pacific, biographies, as well as factual books about Fiji - eight in total.

Daryl has been married to Jacqueline for sixty years and they have two children and three grandchildren.

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When octogenarian ex- sugar mill manager, Greg Skipperton, meets his new fifteen-year-old neighbour, Paul Wilson, little does he suspect that a friendship will spring up that changes both their lives. Despite the idyllic seafront location in tropical Fiji, Greg struggles to come to terms with the soulless boredom of a meaningless autumn of his life. His perspective changes when he is dragged into the modern technological age and challenged to unleash his dormant creativity. Inspired and encouraged by The Boy, The Old Man turns his hand to writing a novel that encompasses his experience of the seas. In writing a fast-paced adventure about survival at sea and the moods of the ocean, Greg draws on past acquaintances to depict an individual's greed and the raw courage and resourcefulness under crisis of others. What he does not anticipate is the depths of self-realisation that this experience brings to the author.

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