With the ease of a natural storyteller, Heward Grafftey writes about the people and places that have greatly influenced his life. A federal member of Parliament for eighteen years, Heward Grafftey was first elected when he was only thirty years old in 1958. For much of this time, he was the only Tory MP representing a Quebec riding (Brome-Mississquoi). He worked with Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, was named parliamentary secretary to the minister of finance in 1962 and was a delegate to the United Nations in 1958 and 1966. In 1979, he became the secretary of state for social programs and minister of science and technology in the Joe Clark administration. Today Heward Grafftey is a successful author and publisher of books on safety. In "Portraits from a Life", he reveals the starchy world of the English Montreal of his childhood in the 1930s and 1940s. Aside from his family, many friends and mentors influenced his life. He writes of his encounters with Wilder Penfield, Conrad Black, Pierre-Elliott Trudeau, Ralph Nader, and his friendship with the novelist Hugh MacLennan. For over thirty years, car safety and the prevention of accidents at home and in the workplace has been one of his priorities, and he has lectured extensively throughout Canada and the United States on the subject.