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Timothy David Mack is a relatively recent figure on the literary scene, known mostly for his nonfiction publications on military subjects and on avian science.
The reclusive author is Winner of the Eisenhower Award for Nonfiction for his series on the Malay Emergency, and the British Book Prize for his account of the Chindits during the Burma campaign. Mr. Mack is also credited with a study on the endangered Mascarene Petrel, published in several scientific journals and books including the definitive work "Joseph Johns: Pelagic Birds". His one-man play “Sisyphus revisited” won grand prize at the Edinburgh Festival.
Although not authenticated, information available on the solitary author indicates he was born on a blue-water schooner anchored in the Portuguese port of Macau to a Scots-Irish mother and American father. By necessity, he was home schooled during his early years as his parents travelled the world, his father pursuing his profession as a mega-project construction manager. The records indicate Timothy graduated secondary school from Eton in Berkshire, followed by a stint at Yale University, dropping out in his third year to become a merchant seaman.
In addition to spending several years at sea, the writer reportedly acquired Special Forces training during this interval; in addition, he has been an explorer, scientist, photographer, and businessman. It appears he may have acquired a working proficiency in several languages, being credited with a pioneering translation of the Upanishads into Gaelic, and the translation of various Japanese literature into English.
An accomplished sailor, the author won the around-the-world Joshua Slocum Solo Competition in 1987 and is known to appear at presentations for charities. It is reported he is an avid black powder gun collector, and scuba diver.
A devoted contemplative, Mr. Mack spends several months a year on retreat in a remote Benedictine Abbey in the French Alps. The last interview he gave was in 1986.