Alan Wiseman qualified from Chelsea School of Pharmacy in 1961, after an apprenticeship with Boots. He then joined Beecham Research Laboratories (now part of GlaxoSmihKline) as a medical representative before being promoted to the marketing department where he spent the next ten years involved in the marketing and promotion of many of the famous semi-synthetic penicillins which raised that company from a minor firm to second-placed pharmaceutical giant in the
In 1972 he returned to community pharmacy where he built up a small chain of six pharmacies in Surrey, combining his business activities with chairmanship of his local cricket club, drama society and the post of churchwarden in his parish church and, for many years, as a semi-professional folk singer. Later, he spent about 15 years performing locum positions in London and the south-east, during which time he collected many of the stories which appear in this volume.
Since retirement Alan has devoted his time mainly to his first love -the Stage, having directed and acted in over 100 productions, ranging from Shakespeare to outrageous farce. Intermittently he has appeared in a number of film and television productions and is currently the Town Crier of his home village.
Among his other interests he lists cricket, rugby,writing, red wine, real ale and his pipe.
His first play, which was premiered earlier this year, will shortly be published and he is currently working on a book about village cricket