Wendy Davis (No. 3, 1945-1947) was born in London, England and then went to India with her mother and sister Joyce (No.3, 1935 – 40) to join her father who was serving there. Wendy returned to the U.K when she was five and attended a boarding school in Angmering, while her elder sister Joyce attended Roedean. In September 1940 the family rejoined her father, returning in 1945, when Wendy went to Roedean, which at that time was evacuated to the Lake District.
Wendy emigrated to Canada in the early 1970’s and worked as an occupational therapist. She has always been interested in writing, and her first book “Aids to make you Able; self-help devices and ideas for the disabled”, was praised for its practical and inexpensive solutions. The book contained a forward by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who was Chairman of Rehabilitation in Britain at the time. Wendy also contributed to an anthology “40 Below” which is a collection of short stories on living through Edmonton’s harsh winter. Wendy lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with a houseful of exotic birds, a passion inherited from her father
Wendy’s memoir ‘Dal and Rice’ about her childhood in India was published in 2009. In 1914 Godfrey Davis arrived in India, a junior officer in the Indian Civil Service. By the time he reluctantly returned to England thirty years later he was a high court judge with a knighthood. Sir Godfrey fell in love with India. He sympathized with the independence movement and shared a great friendship and mutual admiration with Mahatma Gandhi. In ‘Dal & Rice’ Wendy chronicles the memories of her childhood, and offers a poignant and measured character study of her father. Her story is part social history, part travelogue, but mostly a very personal account of a relationship with an exotic, chaotic, and often mysterious country. Wendy has written a fascinating memoir that captures an unusual childhood and a vanished way of life.