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My Two Lives
Autobiography

By Sandy Fairservice

425 Pages, A5, PUR bound  ISBN: 978-0-473-24216-9
Published by Alexander Hunter

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"An enjoying and fascinating read. I was impressed by the author's recall of detail, his command of the English language and his story-telling skills."
—David Bibby, former Senior Lecturer in Advertising, Auckland University of Technology.

"Gripped my interest...stimulating and informative."—John Ward on Radio Rhema.

Other readers say: "Entertaining and evocative", "Easy to read",  "Wonderful book."

"Well-written, nicely-crafted, fast-moving account of your life. It held my attention right to the end. 'My Two Lives' made for exciting reading."

"Deeply thought-provoking."

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Review by Vivienne Ball, writer

Sandy Fairservice says “I have had a life; two in fact. “My story is compelling.”
And “My two Lives” is a compelling and gripping story by an accomplished writer. I enjoyed every moment of reading it.
 
“My Two Lives” takes us into Sandy’s life; from his early childhood in Clydebank, near Glasgow, to life in New Zealand from the age of nine, to his broadcasting career, and to the unfolding of his Christian life.
 
Sandy has lived life with a passion; a passion for his work, and a passion for his faith.  It’s a hard to put down book and Sandy’s long experience in communication and journalism shines through.  The writing is clear, descriptive, and draws the reader in to the story.
 
There are many stories within “My Two Lives.”
 
There is a boy’s observation of travelling to New Zealand on the “Sydney Star” a motor cargo ship with just twelve passengers on board, including his mother and grandmother. “The ocean ahead was divided by the bow and the faring, the derricks, the mast, the hatch covers and the deck below.  The world parted for us, the horizon dipping and rising, occasional spray soundlessly spattering the glass. I would spend many solitary hours gazing out these windows from across the floor in the lounge.”
 
There is the story of the family’s adjusting to life in Whakatane, where Sandy gets fully involved in life at school and the community, developing his interest in radio.
 
Back in Britain he successfully lands a job at the BBC and I felt I was right there in the story of his entering his career in broadcasting.  It’s an exciting time and a dream career. While working for the BBC Sandy furthers another long held interest by travelling to Norway
 
Returning to New Zealand, Sandy begins working with Radio New Zealand. There is a chance, but life changing, meeting at the YMCA in Auckland. Sandy was asked by a student if he had a spiritual life. “No, I don’t have a spiritual life,” was his answer, but discussion and discovery followed and thus began his life of Christian discipleship.
 
There are the stories of meeting his wife Judy, and digging for gold while discovering more of New Zealand’s outdoors.  There is writing, Christian communications and a life of sharing his faith in Jesus Christ with others. This is an honest telling, and there is cancer to face and of course the devastating Christchurch earthquake. Sandy’s life comes a full circle as he rediscovers his Scots heritage.
 
Many people will find “My Two Lives" interesting as they identify with Sandy’s varied experiences.  I liked the way the book successfully wove the narrative of family, career, faith and travel into a complete story of an inspiring life.

 

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MY TWO LIVES is a romantic but candid story that spans the globe—Scotland, Africa, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Asia and the USA.

From war-damaged Glasgow, the biographer, born in 1943, makes a journey of a lifetime with his adventurous, Africa-hardened parents to the Promised Land of 1950s New Zealand.

As a boy he struggles to adjust to living in a remote but prosperous former colony. Despite a military heritage, he fears as the Government calls up young men to train for a threatening Asian war.
 
Later, dreams come true as he rubs shoulders with the stars in the BBC in London and Glasgow, which sets the course of his life.

Read how this young man is forced unexpectedly to consider answers to questions that have dogged him for years. A new voice resets his course, using his gifts and incandescent convictions for a lifetime of creative service.

After a full cup of remarkable experiences, which include the devastating Christchurch earthquakes and his several passions, Sandy Fairservice invites you to look at the view from his high hill.
 
MY TWO LIVES is the often tense, passionate autobiography of an experienced author. Know the man of two cultures—his joy, his sorrow, his resolve and his love.

(MY TWO LIVES is not available digitally.)

The First Twelve Chapters:

1 A love affair with Africa
2 Clydebank
3 Casting Off
4 Voyage to New Zealand
5 Whack-a-taine
6 Schooldays distresses
7 Voici Toto and other challenges
8 Science, evolution, the arts, radio
9 Flight
10 Strathbeg
11 This is the BBC
12 Rubbing shoulders with the stars

And 21 more, including View From A High Hill, the author's views on critical current issues.

"An enjoying and fascinating read. I was impressed by the author's recall of detail, his command of the English language and his story-telling skills."—David Bibby, former Senior Lecturer in Advertising, Auckland Univesity of Technology.

"Gripped my interest...stimulating and informative."—John Ward on Radio Rhema.

Other readers say: "Entertaining and evocative", "Easy to read", "Wonderful book."

"A well-written, nicely-crafted, fast-moving account of your life. It held my attention right to the end. 'My Two Lives' made for exciting reading."

"The book was deeply thought-provoking. It talks about Christianity and the Church from the perspective of its effect on the whole of wider society...it gave me a wider view than what you normally get. It...shifted my perspective a bit, in a good way."

AFTERPRESS

Thanks to readers for their contributions.
P 141. Decimal currency began 10 July, 1967.

P 213. About the basso voice one can only speculate.

P 210 ff References to Childers Road should read Gladstone Road.

P 305 , last line. Maureen Goulstone was there too, so we four prayed in the drive.

P 405. A reader suggested that though I disqualified radiometric dating on Page 118, I inconsistently appealed to carbon dating to make my point about the date of the arrival of Maoris in New Zealand. I was not being inconsistent. Radio carbon dating is useful for very short periods of time—commensurate with the time span of human-recorded history. If you would like to read a thorough explanation, read this.

Other books by the author:

Gold in Your Bottle—Whitcoulls
Sunburst—Whitcoulls
Starbuck
Discover God’s Will for You—Topical Press
Gold for the Taking (Judy Fairservice and Sandy Fairservice)—Halcyon
The Asia Legacy—NavMedia Singapore
The Asia Legacy II—NavMedia Singapore
Generations of Disciples—e-book

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