Novel twist to a life of action

SOLDIER, cleaning contractor, dairy farmer, security guard, toy manufacturer, author – Gympie resident Ray Bird has seen a lot of changes and experienced many highs and lows throughout a succession of exciting career opportunities and this background really shows in his new novel, Dangerous Neighbours.

Ray first joined the British Army at 15 as a boy soldier and went on to become a member of the parachute brigade.

After 10 years and two parachuting injuries, he left the army for civilian life before emigrating from the UK in 1969 with his late wife and two daughters.

He has now lived in Gympie for 36 years.

Following his retirement in 2000, Ray wrote his life story, 110% for trying.

This was followed by his first draft of Dangerous Neighbours in 2003.

Publication of the novel was put on hold while Ray attended an army reunion in the UK, where he met his current wife Sue, and so began a long distance romance until Sue could retire and move to Gympie.

The idea of Dangerous Neighbours could not be suppressed for long and this exciting story of action, sabotage and intrigue has now been published.

The book will be launched by Gympie Mayor Ron Dyne at Gympie Library on Tuesday, March 9, at 10.30am.

Copies will be available for purchase and morning tea and light refreshments will be provided. All members of the public are invited to attend. Bookings are essential so secure your seat by ringing the Gympie Library on 5481 0859 by March 5. KAILI PARKER-PRICE

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