Arthur Penlington put everything he owned into storage two-and-a-half years ago and left without a plan or any bookings, making decisions on where to go and what to do on the toss of a coin.
Now he has penned the resulting memoir, Around The World In Wonder Socks, recalling his time in some of the globe’s most remote places.
Arthur began his career on the Nuneaton Evening Tribune and later spent almost three years at the Coventry Evening Telegraph.
He then did a short stint on Fleet Street before getting a job on the BBC 9 o’clock news when Michael Buerk was the presenter.
He also helped to launch the BBC’s 24-hour news channel, becoming its senior editor.
Discussing Around The World In Wonder Socks, he said: “The book has everything from fighting off the amorous attention of a frisky tribesman in the Borneo jungle to driving a packed passenger train in Burma,” said Arthur.
“It’s also full of amazing characters from all over the globe.”