Journey of a Lifetime covers the first fifty years of the author’s life. It is a story of perseverance and adventure. Nigel relates how he grew up in a dysfunctional family and adjusted to an education that demanded flexibility of mind and determination. The South Africa he knew and the wider world of his childhood and youth have passed into history and much of his everyday experiences might seem foreign to younger generations. Traumatic events were endured with fortitude, and, from an early age, he learned to take responsibility for his own future. Despite having been largely overlooked in high school, he was accepted for training as an officer in the Royal Navy and subsequently, the South African Navy. The book gives an insight into the thoughts, aspirations, disappointments, triumphs and personality of a determined introvert against the background of a changing South Africa. It also shares Nigel’s many adventures at sea and what it’s like to serve in the navy.