Tom Atkinson has had a very interesting life. After serving in the RAF throughout WWII, he spent the next twenty years in the diplomatic service of the Republic of Indonesia, having been in a position to help the young Republic to become established, during the latter part of his RAF service. This is described in his contribution to this book.
Luckily, he left Indonesia just before the horror of the military take-over in 1965, when a million or so Indonesians were slaughtered. Since then he has been a hotelier in the remote north-west of Scotland, followed by ten years on a small self-sufficient farm in west Wales.
Returning to Scotland, he founded Luath Press, and wrote a series of guide books to his beloved West and North of Scotland.
Later he helped his herbalist daughter to breathe new life into Napiers of Edinburgh, a herbal consultancy established in 1860, and he operated Napiers Mail Order business for three years, before retiring for the third time. Recently he has written Napiers History of Herbal Healing, also published by Luath, and is now engaged in writing his memoirs of the past eighty-three years.
He plans to retire for the last time when he reaches his first century.