Richard Donald Lewis was born at Slack Farm, at the bottom of Main Street, Billinge, in 1930.
Grandson of a local miner, he was educated at Ashton-in-Makerfield Grammar School, Nottingham University and the Sorbonne, Paris, from which he holds degrees in French, Spanish and Italian and the Diploma of Cultures and Civilisations.
He has travelled to 125 countries, speaks 10 European and 2 Asiatic languages, as well as fluent Billinge dialect. He gives lectures around the world on intercultural issues and plays cricket, football, tennis and table tennis in his spare time.
He was knighted by the President of Finland in 1997 and elevated to the rank of Commander of the Knights in 2009.
Lewis still maintains strong links with Billinge and visits on a regular basis. Keep an eye out and you might spot him at the Eagle & Child or taking in the views on top of Billinge Hill.
Author: Richard D. Lewis
Length: 315 pages
Weight: 787 grams
Publisher: Transcreen Publications