The resulting coffee-table book, which is aimed chiefly at family and friends, encapsulates what he cheerfully describes as "my first 93 years."
Sir Eric was chairman of the celebrated shipbuilding company Yarrow until 1979, later ran the parent company Yarrow & Co, and also served as chairman of the Clydesdale Bank until 1991.
At his home in Kilmacolm, Inverclyde, where he lives with his wife, Lady Joan, Sir Eric said: "I was talked into it by a number of people, who said it was high time I put my memoirs in writing.
"My wife still takes shorthand and typing, so she did most of the work."
He had previously been asked to write his full-length memoirs, "but I said, 'Nothing doing - I'm not important enough.'"
The book covers his education, his war service - he was part of the 1000-mile-long fighting retreat from Japanese-overrun Burma to India - and his distinguished career in the business world.
He was an industrious chairman of Yarrow, travelling extensively overseas to secure shipbuilding and land-boiler orders.
The company had been established by Sir Eric's grandfather, Alfred, in London's Isle of Dogs in 1865; Sir Eric describes him as "a great inventor who was generally considered to be the designer of the modern destroyer."
But a key turning-point in the Scotstoun-based yard occurred in the late 1960s, when the Geddes report recommended the merger of five yards - Fairfields, Stephens, Connells, Yarrow and John Brown - in the Upper Clyde. Yarrow and Connells were the only ones that were turning a profit.
UCS was formed, and Yarrow joined on the basis of 51% owned by the consortium and 49% owned by Yarrow & Co. Sir Eric knew from the outset that the project would not succeed.
"Not a happy company," he says now, 45 years after UCS was put together by Tony Benn, Labour's then technology minister. "I didn't think it would work.
"They were inheriting a lot of loss-making contracts, the shipyards that got caught up in inflation and so on. Inflation was particularly high. UCS took over these loss-making contracts, so they were bound to make a loss.
"If Yarrow hadn't joined the group, it is possible that the Admiralty or Ministry of Defence might not have placed any more orders with us, and of course naval ships were our practice.
"So we really had no option but to join. We were very much a public company - I owned about 1.5% - and our shareholders highly resented UCS. The arrangement was not very satisfactory."
After two years of "very difficult" operations, Benn urged Sir Eric to consider taking over as UCS chairman.
He abandoned a holiday in Portugal after just one day to meet Benn and half-a-dozen of the minister's advisors at the House of Commons.
Sir Eric declined, saying he did not believe UCS had a future. Benn asked him to sleep on his decision, but at 8am the next morning Sir Eric repeated his view. Benn, he writes, "was anything but gracious and understanding" in the phone call.
When the next Labour government announced that Yarrow would be allowed to return to the private sector, Sir Eric and his colleagues "celebrated with a bottle or two of champagne."
The consortium soon went bust, despite a mass "work-in" that became a landmark in Scottish labour history.
In 1977 James Callaghan's Labour government nationalised the shipbuilding industry but "it did not do the slightest bit of good," Sir Eric recalls.
The nationalisation bill was marked by stormy debates in the Commons, and an amendment that would have excluded warship-building companies from nationalisation was tied 303-303 in a vote, and only got through on the casting vote of the Speaker.
The compensation terms, Sir Eric says, were grossly unfair and there was an unsuccessful claim for fair compensation at the European Courts of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
Sir Eric knows The Herald has his obituary, written by Yarrow & Co's one-time finance director, Iain AD Mann; he laughs as he recalls being given a tour of the newspaper's old building in Albion Street and being told his obituary was in a cabinet.
He's had an eventful life, the highlights of which can be found in his memoirs.
A Few Memories by Eric Yarrow is published by Impress.