About the Author
Alan I. Davies, born in 1932, grew up in a working-class family in London's East End. During World War II, he and most other city children, had to be evacuated several times to avoid being killed by the merciless German bombing. The ongoing war, and the need to begin working at whatever jobs were available to an unskilled teenager, undermined his emotional health as well as his chance for a solid education. A turning point occurred when he entered the newspaper business and discovered the world of books. He developed a voracious appetite for reading and learning what he had earlier missed. His attempts at cultvating a writer's life lead to a period of travel overseas. During this time, he fell into a clinical dpression. He felt shame and tried to hide the difficult malady. After eight years of malaise, a new medication enabled him to overcome the illness. He secured a worthwhile job , married, and raised two pretty daughters, both of whom are now hard-working adults. He and his wife currently live in Marietta, Georgia.