Born and raised into a railway family, L.A. Vincent graduated from Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang before embarking on a lifelong career in the railways. Upon retiring in 2006 he began devoting himself to writing full time.
His first book Walk Along the Tracks was published in 2010 to favorable reviews. Based on his childhood memories living alongside the railway, it followed the story of Cente and the entanglement of his life with the growth and development of the local railway.
The Edge Malaysia said of Walk Along the Tracks: ‘The story is kept moving by a little boy. His incessant questions to his father and grandfather allow the information to be presented in a narrative. There is romance in a railway community with its peculiarities, code of behaviour and special language. No layman could possibly suspect that the railway had such a rich store of facts and anecdotes.’
Fourteen Miles from Berjuntai begins in the days of pre-Independence Malaya in the tin mines, rubber estates and paddy fields around Batang Berjuntai as its traces the journeys and world of migrants as they made the area around the 14-mile track their home.