The Weekend Australian - Review - - Profile -

Big break: Lined up to be shot by Lat­vian sol­diers, I saved my life by run­ning for­ward and beg­ging on one knee for bread, which amused them. Ca­reer high­light: Ca­reer? I fixed TVs for a liv­ing. Any high­light has got to be meet­ing my wife, Pa­tri­cia, hav­ing three sons and liv­ing a nor­mal life. Low­light: My dark­est mo­ment in life was hid­ing be­hind a knoll and see­ing my mother and sib­lings killed, along with ev­ery­one else from my vil­lage. Favourite writ­ers: My son, Mark. Other pur­suits: Chess ( which the sol­diers taught me), horserac­ing ( I’m a 50c punter), foot­ball ( Colling­wood, of course!). Guilty plea­sures: Red Tulip liqueur choco­lates and, when I can find them, Fry’s Pep­per­mint Cream bars.

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