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Don't Tell Mum I Work on the Rigs
(She Thinks I'm a Piano Player in a Whorehouse)av Paul Carter129
A take-no-prisoners approach to life has seen Paul Carter heading to some of the world's most remote, wild and dangerous places as a contractor in the oil business. Amazingly, he's survived (so far) to tell these stories from the edge of civilization. He has been shot at, hijacked and held hostage; almost died of dysentery in Asia and toothache in Russia; watched a Texan lose his mind in the jungles of Asia; lost a lot of money backing a scorpion against a mouse in a fight to the death, and been served cocktails by an orangutan on an ocean freighter. And that's just his day job. Taking postings in some of the world's wildest and most remote regions, not to mention some of the roughest rigs on the planet, Paul has worked, got into trouble, and been given serious talkings to, in locations as far-flung as the North Sea, Middle East, Borneo and Tunisia, as exotic as Sumatra, Vietnam and Thailand, and as flat-out dangerous as Columbia, Nigeria and Russia, with some of the maddest, baddest and strangest people you could ever hope not to meet.
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A romper-stomper of the world's oil rigs. Highly enjoyable * Herald * Full of colourful stories and anecdotes accumulated over almost two decades working the oil rigs. * TNT Magazine * A Boy's Own yarn from the front line of the oil industry. * Men's Style * Not so much a thriller as a driller, Don't Tell Mum is our tip for Bloke's Book of the Year * Sunday Telegraph * Madness and Mayhem -- Tony Wheeler, founder of Lonely Planet A kind of modern-day Indiana Jones * Sunday Tasmanian * Great two-fisted writing from the far side of hell. -- John Birmingham A unique look at a gritty game. Relentlessly funny and obsessively readable. -- Philip Noyce
Paul Carter was born in England in 1969. His father's military career had the family moving all over the world. He has worked in the oil industry for fifteen years, re-locating every few years (old habits). When not getting into trouble on the rigs Paul lives in Sydney with two motorbikes and a dachshund named Colin, visiting his father in the UK and his mother in France, and is constantly flying to all corners of the globe.