I Was a Potato Oligarch

I Was a Potato Oligarch : Travels and Travails in the New Russia

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In a charming saga of sun, sea, sand - and cement - John Mole tells of the back-breaking but joyous labours of fixing up his own Arcadia and introduces a warm, generous and garrulous cast of characters who helped (and occasionally hindered) his progress.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 130 x 214 x 26mm | 339.99g
  • Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1857885090
  • 9781857885095
  • 433,508

About John Mole

John Mole is the author of Its All Greek to Me! which has sold over 30,000 copies. He has had a varied international career, from banking in the USA and Athens to jacket potato restaurants in Russia. He is also a well-known author of comic novels and the perennial bestseller Mind Your Manners.

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A fantastic read. Loose Ends, BBC Radio 4 I Was a Potato Oligarch is the charming, witty and utterly hilarious telling of Mole's real-life experiences in a Russia still coming to terms with capitalism and competition...Mole is a bright, resourceful guy but his most valuable traits are his biting sense of humour and a willingness to take every setback in his stride. Bearing comparison easily with the likes of David Sedaris, Mole's story makes for a wonderful read. The Sunday Business Post Very readable and very funny. -- Clarissa Dickson Wright author of Spilling the Beans Funny and perceptive, it gives a vivid and sympathetic picture of what Russians are really like, and how they manage to survive and enjoy themselves in their often chaotic country. -- Rodric Braithwaite, British ambassador to Moscow 1988-1992, and author of Across the Moscow River and Moscow 1941

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