The Life and Times of Chester Lewis charts the 100 year lifespan of the title character, Chester Lewis, from the 1930s to the 2030s – from Perth and the Margaret River region of Western Australia, to the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland, to England, and Shanghai.
The book is a collection of 11 short stories, written in sequential order by 11 Australian authors with each author reading the preceding stories.
The journey starts in 1931 Shanghai, China, where the British parents of the unborn Chester have moved to build Chester’s father’s career. When events take an unexpected turn, the future of Chester and the Lewis family is profoundly altered. Chester is born the following year in Perth, Australia, and so begins a century of great deeds and misdeeds, as we follow the life of Chester Lewis.