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

Don't Tell Mom I Work on the Rigs

She Thinks I'm a Piano Player in a Whorehouse


Published: 1st May 2007
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Since age 18, Paul Carter has worked on oil rigs in locations as far flung as the Middle East, Columbia, the North Sea, Borneo, Tunisia, Sumatra, Vietnam, Nigeria, Russia, and many others and he's survived (so far!) to tell stories from the edge of civilization (places, as it happens, upon which most of our lives rely).

Carter 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 served cocktails by an orangutan on an ocean freighter.

Taking postings in some of the world's wildest and most remote regions not to mention some of the roughest rigs on the planet Carter has worked and gotten into trouble with some of the maddest, baddest and strangest people you could ever hope not to meet.

About the Author

Paul Carter, an avid motorcycle enthusiast and artist, lives in Sydney, Australia, when he's not working on oil rigs.


very funny


This was a very funny read - seriously do these people really exist out there? Obviously they do! One man's story of working in the very blokey world of the oil rigs. There is enough humanity amidst the funny banter to make this a book to recommend.



Don't Tell Mom I Work on the Rigs

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"Great two-fisted writing from the far side of hell." -- John Birmingham "�Carter's� struck literary black gold with these stories, which are both horrifying and hilarious." "What you have here is that rare situation of somebody who not only has a story to tell but the ability to tell it. Carter's anecdotes are told with great good humor and perfect timing."

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.

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ISBN: 9781600940255
ISBN-10: 1600940250
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 206
Published: 1st May 2007
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 19.56 x 13.21  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.2