Their travels all over India, and in Sri Lanka and Australia, opened up a world of rich experiences for DOM. As editor of the times of India, The Elder Moraes introduced his young son to a range of famous and fascinating personalities – from the anthropologist verrier elwin and poet Nissim Ezekiel, to dom’s hero, the iconic Stephen spender – The first person, he writes, who told him he was a poet. London in the mid-fifties introduced morals to Soho and its bohemian ways, to his first love, and to a doomed relationship. Oxford in 1956 was the turning point. Another boyhood hero, W.H. Auden, came to Oxford as visiting Professor of poetry, read and liked his poems. With this as inspiration, Moraes finished his first book, a beginning – poems. He found another love in Judith. With the birth of their son, Francis, Moraes’ life seemed at last to be set on an even keel. With humour, wit and irony DOM Moraes chronicles the early part of his life in prose that is a sheer delight to read.