Books by, R. P. W
Rod Williams was born in Australia and spent his childhood in the playground of Manly Beach, Sydney. The beach was his daycare centre. Rugby and surf boat rowing became his sports. He was born with itchy feet to travel. In 1978, after completing his commerce studies, he left home to see the world at age twenty-three. His first overseas trip saw him catch the Trans-Siberian railroad across Russia which excited him for more adventure. He had departed Australia with only a duffle bag and returned eighteen years later with a 40ft container, his wife, Sheila, and their four daughters. Two born in the USA, one in Switzerland and one in London. In those overseas years, he lived and worked in Oakland California, Verbier Switzerland, London, Paris and Newburyport Massachusetts. Rod has travelled in over seventy countries and conducted business in forty during his business development career. He has always had a keen interest in history and what makes people tick in each of those societies. He jokingly says he has a PHD in Life Experience. He now lives in Santa Cruz California with his wife Sheila and youngest daughter, Sophie, returning to Australia in 2024. He considers himself bi-coastal, but in his case, meaning West Coast USA and East Coast Australia. He is still a keen skier, mountain biker and rower.