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Don't Tell Mum I Work on the Rigs...She Thinks I'm a Piano Player in a Whorehouse - Paul Carter

Don't Tell Mum I Work on the Rigs...She Thinks I'm a Piano Player in a Whorehouse


Published: 1st August 2005
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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, and reason.

Paul Carter has been shot at, hijacked and held hostage.

He's 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 mouse against a scorpion in a fight to the death, and been served cocktails by an orang-utan 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 oil rigs on the planet, Paul has worked, gotten 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 Sumatera, 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.

Strap yourself in for an exhilarating, crazed, sometimes terrifying, usually bloody funny ride through one man's adventures in the oil trade.

When not getting into trouble on the rigs Paul lives a quiet life in Sydney.

About The Author

Paul Carter was born in England in 1969. His father's military career had the family moving all over the world, re-locating every few years. He has worked in the oil industry for fifteen years, re-locating every few years (old habits). Paul has lived and worked, gotten into trouble and been given a serious talking to, in; England, Scotland, Germany, France, Holland, Norway, Portugal, Tunisia, Australia, Nigeria, Russia, Singapore, Malaysia, Borneo, Columbia, Vietnam, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Sumatra, the Philippines, Korea, Japan, China, USA and Saudi Arabia. Today he lives in Sydney with two motorbikes and a daschund named Collin. But who knows where he'll be tomorrow...


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I love this book!


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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Understand
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    Comments about Don't Tell Mum I Work on the Rigs...She Thinks I'm a Piano Player in a Whorehouse:

    This is the 3rd or 4th time I've bought this book. I keep lending it to mates and never getting it back - non readers are the worst, they claim to loose it, yet I always find it next to the couch.
    I don't mind though- it's an awesome book that I could read over and over again. An Paul is a quality author, so I don't mind paying again.

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    Chapter 1: Achtung spitfire, 1969-1987

    Chapter 2: Poolballs, 1987-1994

    Chapter 3: Pack-a-day monkey, 1994-1995

    Chapter 4: Saturation, 1995-1996

    Chapter 5: Killer mouse, 1996-1997

    Chapter 6: Deamon barber, 1997-1998

    Chapter 7: The Hobbit House, 1998-1999

    Chapter 8: Where you from? 1999-2000

    Chapter 9: Barrel fever, 2000-2001

    Chapter 10: The darkest continent

    Chapter 11: Gobbing, 2002

    Chapter 12: Turbo San, 2002

    Chapter 13: Legless in Russia, 2003

    Chapter 14: The ghost of a flea, 2004

    Chapter 15: Ah Meng, 2004

    Paul Carter

    Paul Carter has been working in the oil exploration industry since he was eighteen years old, in that time he has accumulated a wealth of hilarious and often terrifying stories. At 36 he wrote his first book, a best seller here in Australia and with its release in the United States and Europe in mid 2006 he has established himself in a new writing career as well as continuing to work on drilling rigs.

    To read Paul’s revealing answers to the Booktopia Book Guru’s TEN TERRIFYING QUESTIONS…and to leave a comment -CLICK HERE

    Visit Paul Carter's Booktopia Author Page

    ISBN: 9781741146981
    ISBN-10: 1741146984
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 216
    Published: 1st August 2005
    Publisher: Allen & Unwin
    Country of Publication: AU
    Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 13.0  x 2.0
    Weight (kg): 0.22
    Edition Number: 1