This unique anthology of short stories combines the traditional fable genre with more modern short story forms. Memorable and moving, we are introduced to a variety of remarkable characters, including the charismatic Genghis Paws, Jeem the Miserable and Owen Sound Owen. Experience the tension and drama in an impending coalmine disaster. Laugh out loud at outrageous characters and their exploits. Learn from the wisdom and experience of others. Set in Scotland and around the world, these stories provide an intriguing insight into different lives and landscapes, many of which are inspired by the author's own diverse experiences.
The author is both a Scot and a Canadian, having immigrated to Canada in 1957 with his wife, Joyce Pringle Arnott. In Scotland he was a Mining Surveyor and avid cricketer. In Canada he decided to leave mining to gain a technical background in Highway & Railway design. A task which took seven years. This was to enable him to enter the field of Sales & Marketing. He entered this field with the Canadian Division of a U.S. Steel Company. He rose through the ranks and became Canadian Marketing Manager. This task involved extensive Continental travel. The stories in this book are mainly about that experience and the people he met, plus adventures in both Scotland & England. The book also contains fantasy tales of universal appeal. The stories were written in retirement over three Canadian winters from notes and memories. They were all written during the night. The short story form was considered the most lucid form to give variety and thoughtful change of pace for the busy reader, it is laced with humour. The book is an adventure condensed and largely true. The author, his wife, children and grandchildren all live in Ontario, Canada near Toronto. The motto of the author's family is 'PAX'. The author's personal motto is... 'It ain't easy being good'.