David Adamson Harper - Author

David lives in the Mexican village of Ajijic on the north shore of beautiful Lake Chapala, at 5,000 feet in the Sierra Madre mountains. He shares their lovely Mexican styled home with wife Susan and Bess the faithful hound.

He retired here in 2008 from Bainbridge Island, WA after a career in the steamship industry that took him all over the world.

David Adamson Harper - bio

David was born and educated in England. He graduated from HMS Worcester Naval College and ended up in Hong Kong sailing the China Seas as a deck officer.

He decided that a long term career at sea was not for him and was accepted into the management trainee program of the prestigious American shipping company Grace Line in New York. He worked his way up the ladder for many years with Grace Line in New York, Panama and San Francisco where he became a US citizen in 1970.

After many years as VP & GM in Panama he accepted a senior executive position with the United States Line and ran their South Asia Division and later their Africa Division.

Wherever he went he was always heavily involved in sports, particularly rugby football, sailing and squash. He managed to convince United States Lines to send him to South Africa as Managing Director of USL (Africa) Pty Ltd., mainly so that he could pursue his rugby football refereeing at a higher level. A great weekend for him was a game of squash on Friday evening, refereeing a rugby match on Saturday afternoon and sailboat racing on Sunday.

As age caught up to him he became a maritime industry consultant in San Francisco. On retiring he moved to Mexico and turned his interest to writing. He has written articles for a number of magazines and published his first novel KWANGCHOW in 2012. His second book HOW TEDDY TOOK PANAMA was a critical success and his latest book THE GAME THAT NEVER ENDS will be available in December 2016.

He has two sons from his first marriage, one of whom follows in his footsteps as a rugby referee.