"This is the story of one man's journey down the river of life from childhood in England in the early part of the twentieth century to old age in California in 2012. It describes how the family misfortunes led to a miserable boyhood and a difficult adolescence, compounded by his own difficult nature. He tells how he survived World War II including active service in the RAF and a stint in a German POW camp. He later studied engineering and science and designed a key part of the firing circuit for the British atom bomb. In middle age, he emigrated to America and became an executive in a high-tech company. The story is told with humour and great frankness (without being titillating) and the writing has been seen as markedly appealing."--P.  of cover.