PLACING THE BUCKET
By: Chanelle Lutchman
“Just because you are old it does not mean you cannot achieve greater things.”
Those were the words of Durban born author, Henry Spencer, at the launch of his latest book, ‘Placing the bucket (before you kick it)’, at the Exclusive Books Store at the Pavilion Shopping Mall yesterday.
At the age of 71, Henry admitted to working in over five countries and holding more than twenty six jobs. His latest book, Placing the Bucket, deals around the topic of death. When asked why he chose that name for the book Henry replied, “Anyone can kick the bucket at any given time but we can purposely place it where we want to kick it.”
Henry grew up in the heart of Durban. After completing his schooling career, he went straight into the business world. It was only after the age of fifty that Henry decided he wanted more from life. “At fifty-three I decided to enroll at Unisa and study psychology,” he said.
It was during his studying phase that Henry started attending writing circles. Henry released his first book, ‘There is Life After Sixty Five’ when he was at the age of sixty. “This book helps people; it is a guide to aging and to a successful retirement,” he said.
Henry announced that he will soon release more books and he currently has twelve others that he is working on. “I write because I have to, not for money. I am driven to write,” said Henry.
His style of writing is cynical, humorous and anecdotal. His stories are his past life experiences or based on thorough research that he has done. Henry ended off on a lighter note, showing his humor through two of his earliest books titled ‘What men know about women’ and ‘What a retired man learnt about his wife’.
When you flip through the pages of both books, it is an empty book, just blank pages without writing.
“All in all, it was a successful launch the audience kept me going and I look forward to the next one,” said a very happy Henry.