A move to Trieste in 1950, from the bucolic south of England, dramatically changed his life. Swimming pool in the garden, stunning views of the glittering Adriatic, the music and energy of the Italian language. Then boarding school in Austria, evacuation into Germany, co-ed boarding school, family tours all over a Europe immersed in the Cold War, completed his early education. As “ten-pound poms” Mike and his wife arrived in Australia in 1963. Having woven careers as teacher and university lecturer, professional actor and entrepreneur Mike Barnacoat turned to writing adult fiction as his fourth career. COVID19 permitting, he hopes soon to continue his travel for business and pleasure.