From wintering in the Antarctic and fighting in the Malayan jungle, to an insider's unique account of the Equitable Life litigation and trial from 1999 to 2005, Alan Tritton's memoirs follow the twists and turns of an eventful life. Born into one of the original Quaker banking families who founded Barclays Bank, Alan was appointed to the main group board of the Bank in 1974, and made a non-executive Director of the Equitable Life Assurance Society in 1976; an appointment which culminated in an eight-month trial. The memoirs begin with tales from Alan's family history, from imperial officers in battles, the affairs of gentlemanly Quaker bankers, to his great-grandfather's evangelical missionary zeal in Central Africa. Alan takes us from his first expedition to Arctic Norway to active service in Malaya. Wounded in action, he left the Army and joined the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey in the Antarctic, where he led the survey station in the South Orkneys. His passion for the Antarctic and its wildlife resonates in his account of his time down south.