As the first Australian Ambassador to the Holy See Tim Fischer is is the unique position of being able to tell what it's really like in the seat of power in Rome. Here he reflects on his time in the Vatican, the details which made up his life, the protocols, the people and also on the role that religion still has to play in the lives of future generations. Appointed by Kevin Rudd in 2009, Tim found himself in the singular world of Vatican diplomacy, where, even more than most diplomatic circles, the right word in the right ear is an essential artform, and where the person sitting next to you at dinner could be Colonel Gadafi or the Pope. Armed with the skills he learned as an activist politician - and with his trusty black Akubra - Tim learned to navigate this strange new world and has lived to tell the tale!
About the Author
Tim Fischer′s love of trains began when he was a small boy and has become a lifelong passion. As Tim says, he has woven his lifelong study of rail into his various careers, from farmer to army officer, from State politician to Australian Deputy Prime Minister. He retired from Federal Parliament in 2001; in 2009 he became Australia′s Amabassador to the Holy See in Rome.