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Meet Nigel Ridgway


   Nigel was born in Somerset, UK, and was a child of her Majesty’s services; moving around England, Germany and Jordan. He attended two boarding schools. His early working life was mainly as an unskilled worker, trying many jobs. He emigrated to Australia in 1966 as a ‘Ten Pound Pom,’ arriving in WA after working in Queensland.

   Nigel eventually became a West Australian primary teacher for twenty-one years, then a high school relief teacher, while all his adult life he also played music part time.

   He married a 4th generation West Australian lady, Aileen, in 1991. They are very happy. Nigel has always sailed since high school in Germany, and has had many adventures, both overseas and around the coast of Australia.

   He still plays music with Perth jazz bands and the cabaret band, The Haze Showband. Since retiring he has become an RVGA guide, a guide on the Duyfken replica, and an active member of U3A. He’s always had a passion for writing and wrote, Lotus 11 – an Indian Ocean Adventure in 1992. He wrote for ‘Cruising Helmsman’ magazine for twenty years. He is a popular guest speaker for Probus and U3A.


     Nigel’s very personal story is told simply and honestly, and with humour and enthusiasm. The many adventures of this English migrant who loves Australia reveals his passion for the sea, his family and his music.

     Though shattered by the tragic death of his daughter, this ‘Different Drummer’ continues to live a full life pursuing his many interests.

     His escapades, and his thoughts on life in the time of COVID 19, is shared in this refreshing 'sortamemoir’ you won’t want to put down.

A Different Drummer - The Escapades of a Ten Pound Pom can be purchased from the following links - to list a few:





Val Dekenah

I have just finished reading your book – one hellova story!  I enjoyed it immensely, well written and with such honesty. I shed a tear reading of the tragedy of your daughter, I don’t know how you come to terms with something like that, but I do think that you are a very brave and resilient person.

Thank you for sharing your very interesting life, it has certainly shaped the person you are today – generous, compassionate and a terrific sense of humour!

Robyn Hudson 

Have just finished your book. ...... in one sitting tonight!  I have loved it.   It was so entertaining, at times chequered, no punches pulled and so honest.   I could really relate to your observations right at the end on the big questions facing us all.  A really good read.


What a brave and honest read Nigel!  It is truly a ‘warts and all’ expose and extremely honest.   I was very impressed with your opinions about the world being better ruled by women.   Seriously, well done.  I hope you have many sales.

June and Jim Barnes

Nigel: We have both read your book and found it thoroughly enjoyable -- full of detail and as if you were speaking. What an interesting life you have led. The highs and lows were so well and honestly explained, and in some places it was very moving. We hope that the sales soar and that many others get to learn of your exploits. Who knows, you might have another book in you!

Tony Hanson

I’ve read Nigel's new book and enjoyed the read. He has a flair for an entertaining style of prose that encourages the reader to continue reading rather than put the book down for a rainy day.

Although I knew he was a Muso, I didn’t realise that he used to make a nearly full-time living from it; and of course, reading about his and Aileen's extended cruise in Toroa was of special interest.


1st January 2021