I met Peter Kysel just after he left Czechoslovakia. I had, like most people in “the West” no idea that this quiet, decent, friendly man had been brought up in such an extremely stressful environment, when compared with our soft western society. Over the years I have got to know Eastern Europe, Russia and Peter portrays the life in “the East” very sensitively. I read with humour him playing Meccano when young as I did, maybe for a child early in some ways our lives were not too dissimilar. A very good read.