What’s the Story?

by John Burgess



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 4/20/2021

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 454
ISBN : 9781664104686
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 454
ISBN : 9781664104693
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 454
ISBN : 9781664104679

About the Book

At the end of his first book, Life Luck and Liaisons, it was becoming apparent that sailing and travel were going to be essential ingredients in the life of John Burgess. In his teens, he had travelled the length and breadth of his homeland, New Zealand. Aged eighteen, he had travelled with a friend to Australia, hitch-hiking from Sydney to Mossman, north of Cairns. There followed a two-year sailing adventure across the Pacific and Asia. He knew that such an experience would not be his last. The seed was sown. This second book is a series of travel stories. His time spent in London in the swinging sixties and yacht racing in the English Channel and then discovering outback Australia after he finally settled in Sydney. There were excursions to fish for Barramundi in Kakadu and a camping trip with his son in the Kimberley. He travelled from Perth to Broome and on to Darwin as well as exploring Cairns to Cape York and Thursday Island. In the nineties, a sailing holiday in the West Indies reunited him with his English friend from sailing days in the UK. However, the most challenging sailing experience came later, as crew on an Australian yacht, sailing from the Maldives to Egypt. There were other travel experiences including driving around Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula at the time of the Chiapas uprising. In John’s view, Cuba offers a travel experience not to be missed, although game safaris in Botswana, with a train ride through South Africa thrown in, would rank equally.

About the Author

John Burgess was born in New Zealand at the outbreak of the Second World War. He recently wrote his memoir, Life Luck and Liaisons, describing the period that led to a farming apprenticeship and his first deep sea sailing adventure. He was encouraged to write further about his life experiences: how John made his way to London, where he discovered he had a talent for international trading. The meat industry gave him a new career in an office environment. Despite established conventions, free spirits were encouraged. John was able to explore markets across Europe as well as indulge his passion for keel boat sailing in his spare time. Along the way he met and married Jenny, a fellow Kiwi. After a few years in England, they moved to Australia, where he established his own meat trading enterprise, reputedly the third-largest meat exporting company in Australia at that time. The consummate traveller, John has been able to achieve his goals in both business and pleasure, while incorporating a family life with his wife, his son, Peter, and daughter, Kim.