Author(s): Jack Swaab
For the past three years, since he finished writing his children’s book The Nine Lives Of Bella Simkins, Jack Swaab has carried round a battered leather notebook. In it, he has recorded the thoughts, memories, reflections and insights that the world around him bring to this remarkable author.
It is a broad canvas that attracts his urbane and witty mind’s eye—covering everything from footballers to birdsong, churchyards to ancient cricketers, boy scouts to Brexit. Some of what he writes is funny; other parts are tinged with melancholy. At times, banality, brutality or injustice, stir him to the edge of anger. Everything he writes, though, comes with the warmth, wisdom and generosity of spirit that the past 98 years have bestowed on him.
It is a very different world in which he now lives, and seeing that world through the vivid lens of so many years and so rich a life brings it to life for us too in unexpected and rewarding ways.
|234 x 156 mm
|15 December 2016
|17 colour photographs
Jack Swaab was born on the Ides of March some 94 years ago. Raised in South-East London, he has travelled the world in wartime and peace, while his work-life has taken him from journalism to advertising, bookselling and dispensing racing tips – not to mention six distinguished years of service as a gunner officer with the 51st Highland Division.