About the book

‘Drink the good wine now’ is a memoir from Dr Paul Allin and is a reflection of his time growing up in Africa. As a young doctor, he fought in the Rhodesian bush war and experienced the political turmoil of the transition of Rhodesia and South Africa to majority rule. The book includes war diaries, rare photographs, encounters with wild animals and dangerous mine rescues, this dramatic and often humourous journey of self-reinvention from shy introvert to executive manager is filled with life-changing philosophy and thought-provoking quotations.

Paul Allin


Dr Paul Allin grew up in Africa after attending boarding school from a very young age.  After leaving school he completed his compulsory national service in the Rhodesian Army before studying at the University of Rhodesia where he graduated as a doctor in 1981.  He worked at Wankie Colliery near Victoria Falls before moving to South Africa to work in a trauma hospital in the South African Gold Mining Industry. He eventually became a health service manager before emigrating to Australia in 2000.  Dr Allin is married to Anneliese and they have two daughters.  He still works as a general practitioner in the Shoalhaven, New South Wales, Australia.