An Oxfordshire author is set to have his travel auto-biography, ‘Tales of Malaya and the Silver Screen’, published at the end of this month. Ahead of the release, Antony spoke to Radio Horton’s Elizabeth MacLeod on Live At Three to talk about his experiences and life living in Malaya. You can hear the full interview below.
A.J Box of Banbury, tells a story of his time in Malaya in 1956 discovering what life entailed working on a rubber estate. Describing each and every experience in a way that makes you feel as though you are there with him.
Box: “Books for me are like toys for others.”
When speaking of his experiences Antony said: “…the attitude of some Europeans towards the estate labour force, and locals in general left a lot to be desired.” He goes on to say: “It was a period of uncertainty for the expatriates as Malaya independence loomed the horizon. It was seen as the end of an era for the British in Malaya.”
Speaking of how he became a writer, he said: “Books for me are like toys for others. I get transported to another world and time. After retiring, I embarked on writing about a period of my life which I felt was very interesting.”
Returning to Malaya in the late 1990s, which is now known as Malaysia, Antony revisited the estate with his wife to find it had been demolished and replaced with an oil palm estate. A lot had improved over the years and visiting a newly built hospital with tiled flooring brought tears to Antony’s eyes.
Hear Liz MacLeod’s interview with Antony on Radio Horton:
‘Tales of Malaya and the Silver Screen’ published by Austin Macauley, will be released on 29/02/2016. For further information please visit www.austinmacauley.com