A hundred years ago, to be afflicted with tuberculosis was to be given a death sentence. Forty years ago, although the infection had largely been addressed by antibiotics, the fear of TB still lingered in society.
This is an engrossing tale of despair and triumph. It relates the true story of the author who, in 1975, contracts TB while on business in the Middle East and on his return, is confined to an Edwardian-era sanatorium in rural England for 6 months. Isolated from family and friends, drained of confidence, his professional career in tatters, and uncertain of any future, he fights depression and defeat.
In 1977, he accepts a position in Singapore where he becomes expertly familiar with Asian business practices. However, divorced from all that is familiar, he experiences bouts of loneliness and is driven by a search for intimacy. His sometimes racy exploits with local girls feature extensively during his early months in the Orient.
He then meets and falls in love with Susana, a beautiful young Chinese girl employed with Singapore Airlines. Their romance blossoms and they marry in early 1978, the author's three year quest for meaning and purpose, finally answered.
A Breathless Odyssey is an autobiographical tale of despair and triumph. This is Alan Cane’s story about his experience having contracted tuberculosis
while on business in the Middle East. Told with candour, this often humorous tale bridges the divide between corporate responsibility and the
Alan lives in Melbourne with his wife, Susana. His is the author of two previously published books: Service Asia : How to win and keep business in Asia and Common sense and the art of balancing : a critical analysis of modern management thinking . Both of these titles are aids to Australian business. A Breathless Odyssey is his first attempt at story telling.
This is a free event, though booking is essential.
Bookings open on Wednesday 30 November.