Victor Bewley was groomed from an early age to fill the role of managing director of Bewley’s Oriental Cafés, a position held by his father and grandfather before him. While he had enjoyed listening to his fathers anecdotes, he had no interest in entering the family business. At the age of 21, following the untimely death of his father, he was horrified to find himself at the helm of a growing fleet of cafés preferring instead to have become an artist, concert pianist or a missionary.
"Victor Bewleys Memoirs", recounted to his journalist granddaughter several years before his death in 1999, reveals a sensitive man with a quiet determination to help others. His frank and vivid account of his life answers the following puzzling questions: why did he hand over the business to his staff in the 1970s? What drove him to reach out a hand to the underprivileged, especially Travellers? And why did he carry secret messages from the IRA to the British Government?
Giving a unique insight into the workings of Victor Bewleys philanthropic mind and tortured soul, these memoirs tell a story that will inspire and move the reader.