and writing have always fascinated me since childhood.
My particular interest has always been autobiographies.
I particularly enjoyed the ones where the author was
honest and “big” enough to write in depth
about the downsides of his/her life rather than just
writing ad nauseum about wonderful achievements. That
in my opinion is a proper memoir.
The author of an autobiography must be ready to put
heart on his sleeve. If not, it is not a genuine collection
My father the late Commendatore Alfred Bencini a former
Police Commissioner in Malta published his wonderful
and eventful autobiography “Nothing but the Truth”
in 1986. It ignited my interest to start thinking seriously
of writing mine. I reckoned I also had an interesting
story to tell, though of a completely different nature.
I started making notes in my diaries from my early
teens and have done so ever since. They helped jog my
memory when I eventually decided to begin writing my
Memoirs in my last British Army posting in Belgium in
late 1996. I completed them in Malta in 2000. The book
was published by me in 2001.
Although the chapter about Hess takes up a somewhat
small part of my autobiography, he was my most well-known
patient. Was the prisoner in Spandau really Rudolf Hess?