I learned about living life to the fullest from my family. From a very young age life was always an adventure. My parents did not have the advantage of a good education and a stable family home and as such we lived an extremely modest existence. I’m not saying we missed out on anything though; on the contrary, because we had very little money we had to find our own entertainment and spent much of our time with our extended family either playing games, music or travelling to where there was work.
At the age of five my family and I, Andros Pelecanos, moved to Antigua, a small island in the Caribbean. My mother was employed at the time by a wealthy family to look after their property there, and as a young child I spent my time on the beach and exploring the local countryside.
It was during these early years that I met an amazing man who would recognise the potential in me. He was an extraordinary person in that he lived alone in a house he constructed himself, and spent his time educating himself about his immediate and wider surroundings. Moreover, he was a gifted teacher and to this I owe my talent for mathematics and much of my views about the wider world.Read more