I was born in Port Elizabeth South Africa, 10th May 1940, the day Holland fell to the Nazis. I can still remember the midwife saying, “OY VAY!! not Holland too!”(kidding!).Educated at Grey High School, matriculating First Class in 1956, Drum Major in the School’s Centenary celebrations, our band featuring in the African Mirror newsreels!
Qualified as a Dental Surgeon at Wits University Johannesburg in 1962 and left SA for London that year. Married Julia in 1967 and three daughters arrived- Lisa(1969) Sara(1970) and Aviva (1974)
Became a keen squash player,surfer, swimmer,skier and scuba diver, exploring exotic locations such as the Cocos Islands off Pacific coast of Costa Rica, in close proximity to a school of 400 Hammerhead sharks!
I ran my main Dental Practice in Kensington, London until 1989 then subsequently in Harrow Middlesex, where I specialised in Oral Surgery.I retired from Dentistry in 2005.
I now concentrate on creative writing together with hedonistic pursuits mentioned above!
Represented Great Britain at the Maccabi Games in Israel on the veterans squash team in 1985, 1989, 1997, 2001 and 2005 and have assorted medals to prove it!
Two younger brothers Ronnie and Walter, tragically losing Walt at desperately young age of 21 from a brain tumour in 1973.
Parents Gutie and Sadie remained in SA, Gutie passing away in 1985, Sadie in 2004 in London.
In mid 1990’s rekindled my passion for creative writing, joining workshops run by Dennis Evans and Hil Slavid. Published a poetry and prose booklet with Karen Hogan in 1998 called “Odd Bedfellows”.
Recently joined Harrow Creative Writers workshop run by the delightful Siobhan Curham, a well-known local author who has proved immensely supportive and enthusiastic in my latest venture, a full-length novel currently being published by Author House, called “Brothers and Lovers”.
Middle daughter Sara married Alon, son of my first cousin from Israel and they have produced our three treasured grandchildren, Maya, Guy and Natalie.