How Mike Hoare found happiness in prison

Now, in November 2021, it is nearly two years since Mike set off on his last adventure. Politely, of course. He was 100 years old, even though he had lived dangerously. An extraordinary man, and extraordinary in so many ways ….

It's interesting to observe which of my memories of him take on greater significance or percolate to the top, as it were, as the months go by. Here's one. I remember how Mike told me something that had helped him survive his years in prison. He said that early on, an old prisoner who had served many years 'inside', took him aside and gave him some advice. He said if Mike wanted to retain his sanity and achieve a measure of happiness while inside, he should identify a man less fortunate than himself and make life easier for him wherever possible. It could be done anonymously, or not, he said.

And that idea keeps replaying in my mind. And I find I am trying harder in that regard. Certainly in my experience, you get filled with a fabulous and happy feeling when you help someone less fortunate. And so you do it again. You get happy, and you make the other person happy. Most likely this is what makes the world go round, not the other stuff.

And in other news, at long last my biography on Mike is now available from Amazon, both as a paperback and as an ebook, and also from Kindle Unlimited. Click on, or just google Amazon and follow your nose.

Interest in Mike Hoare and his books continues unabated and a British publisher will be republishing Mike's 'Congo Mercenary' in 2022, and Mike's three other military books thereafter.

Further, interest in all things 5 Commando is buoyant and there are collectors out there willing to pay handsome sums of money for 5 Commando memorabilia. If you have such items to maybe sell and would like a quote, please get in touch with me (Chris Hoare) via the Contacts tab, and I will give you a good idea what your items could fetch. You will be pleasantly shocked.

Chris Hoare
'Mad Mike' Hoare: The Legend is now available on Amazon

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