Born in fascinating, polyglot Cairo in 1920, the author tells of a happy childhood within a large, extended family. The flat roofs of four adjoining buildings make a spacious playground for himself and his nine cousins. In the street below, the milkman brings his cow to be milked to order and various hawkers deliver their wares via baskets hauled up by rope. At twenty, Mayer joins the British Army and sees service in the Western Desert. Posted back to Cairo, he meets the beautiful Loulou, the love of his life. A delightful book that has proved very popular.