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.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 130 x 214 x 26mm | 339.99g
  • Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • NICHOLAS BREALEY PUBLISHING
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1857885090
  • 9781857885095
  • 482,493

About John Mole

John Mole has been at home in Greece for thirty years. "Like Odysseus making his legendary way home to his birthplace Ithaca, the island of Evia was the goal of my life's journey. It was better than Birmingham." He has had a varied international career, from banking in the USA and Athens to jacket potato restaurants in Russia. Meanwhile, he published comic novels and management books, including the perennial bestseller 'Mind Your Manners'.show more

Review quote

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 1941show more

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77 ratings
3.2 out of 5 stars
5 9% (7)
4 35% (27)
3 29% (22)
2 22% (17)
1 5% (4)
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