Anyone who knows the subject of a new book won’t be surprised to find that the recently released autobiography carries the quirky title, The Potted Autobiography of Les Gibbney.

The book published by Pen & Pencil Publications of York details the author’s life from 1923 to the present day. As his wife, Aileen, mentions in the foreword, the book is written in Les’ own style with factual information accompanied by a sense of humour.

He details life from his early days in Kalgoorlie on through wheatbelt towns and the various places he went to school along the way. His love of music and participation in musical entertainment are featured. Also mentioned is the discomfort of suffering tinnitus which affected his hearing making it hard to take part in group activities.

Les’ involvement in the Second World War along with his interest in airplanes and his destruction of two allied planes - his own – get a mention. He details his overseas service in exotic and not so exotic places.

Among other things that make interesting reading are details of two trips to Heard Island with a scientific team in the early 1950’s. Also covered is his courtship with Aileen through to their move to York in the 1970’s.

The book is an interesting read by an interesting bloke and one that is recommended. Copies are available from David at Galileo’s in Avon Terrace or from Les on 9641 1654.

Leigh Carmichael