Dr. Nicholas Rety is a retired Vernon physician who will be signing copies of his new memoir

Dr. Nicholas Rety is a retired Vernon physician who will be signing copies of his new memoir

A doctor’s journey from Hungary to Vernon

A retired physician shares his life story in his first book, a memoir called No Return Ticket

He hung up his stethoscope in 1999, but Dr. Nicholas Rety has not let retirement slow him down.

From flying to world travel, the retired Vernon urologist has many interests. He can now add author to that list.

Rety has written a memoir, No Return Ticket, that he describes as a boy’s firsthand account of the Second World War siege of his hometown, Budapest, Hungary.

“The notion that I was somehow enriched by these events is called into question by the circumstances in which they took place,” he writes. “Yes I cannot deny that the lessons I learned from their passing have shaped my thinking for life.”

He goes on to write about his life after the war, which included medical school in England and three years as a regimental medical officer in the Canadian army before starting his practice as a urologist in Vernon.

Rety will be signing copies of his book  at Coles in the Village Green Centre, Tuesday from noon to 4 p.m.