Growing up in Africa, travelling and working around the world and then settling in Australia. Stock markets, farming, teaching, coaching, father and retiree. I now like to write books.
One moment you might be sharing a joke and a cigarette with a pal and all of a sudden a bullet from nowhere would cut short his speech for ever and spatter your face with his brains. (Shadows In The Sun, 2021)
After the successful launch of Under The Same Moon, the author is back with a follow up story entitled Shadows In The Sun.
Chris Durrant was born in India to British parents in the last days of the Raj. He was brought up in Kenya, had three enjoyable and not completely wasted years at Oxford, and went back to East Africa to work for the Commonwealth Development Corporation (CDC), a sort of British equivalent of the World Bank.
After postings with CDC in Swaziland and Jamaica, he migrated with his family to Australia. He now lives with his wife Shirley in the hills above Perth, Western Australia. Children and grandchildren are scattered around the world, including Perth.
You could never be sure whether the rustling a few feet away was something harmless like a bush-buck or a duiker, a potentially fatal threat such as a buffalo, or an even more certainly menacing patrol of German askaris. (Under The Same Moon, 2018)
Apart from financial management, Chris has worked as a pig farmer and a school-teacher. He is a rugby fanatic, an environmentalist, and a keen student of the history of the Great War, in which his father served and two of his uncles died.
He has written his autobiography and a collection of whimsical essays about the school where he worked, as well as numerous songs and comic poems over the years. He has also co-authored several school accounting text-books.