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Don't Tell Mum I Work on the Rigs: (She Thinks I'm a Piano Player in a Whorehouse) Paperback – 22 Jun 2006

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing (22 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857883764
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857883763
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 779,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. Alongside his work as a writer Paul has continued to work on drilling rigs.

www.paulcarter.net.au

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"A boy's own yarn from the front line of the oil industry." -- Men's Style

"A fascinating and funny life story well worth the read." -- Sportsladsmag.com, 10 July 2006

"A torrent of tall tales from a life less ordinary" -- The Press and Journal, Aberdeen, 4th July 2006

"A torrent of tall tales from a life less ordinary:. -- The Press and Journal, Aberdeen, 22 July 2006

"A unique look at a gritty game. Relentlessly funny and obsessively readable." -- Phillip Noyce, director of The Quiet American and Clear and Present Danger

"Carter's tales are always entertainingand offer a few unblinking apercus baout Big Oil seen from the inside." -- Scotland on Sunday, 9th July 2006

"Full of colourful storoes and well-worn anecdotes accumulated over almost two decade working the oil rigs" -- TNT Magazine, 17th July 2006

"Great two-fisted writing from the far side of hell" -- John Birmingham, bestselling author of He Died with a Felafel in his Hand and Dopeland

"Paul Carter Spins a good yarn. The disburbing thig is that the yarns are all real." -- Lucire Men

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"Great two-fisted writing from the far side of hell." (John Birmingham)

"A unique look at a gritty game. Relentlessly funny and obsessively readable." (Phillip Noyce)

"A Boy's Own yarn from the front line of the oil industry." (Men's Style)

"Full of colourful stories and anecdotes accumulated over almost two decades working the oil rigs." (TNT Magazine)

"Paul Carter has led an amazing and intriguing life working on oil rigs throughout the world. His experiences reinforce the adage that truth can be stranger than fiction. However, one is never quite sure throughout this production if he has an overarching narrative to tell or if he is just slinging together a loosely connected series of entertaining anecdotes. Though slightly disjointed, his tales are intriguing – and made more so by the jovial Australian accent with which he recounts his exploits. Energy permeates his narration, and his caricatured impersonations of the various people who populate his stories, surprisingly, add to the listener's enjoyment." (AudioFile Magazine) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Petrolhead VINE VOICE on 14 April 2008
Format: Paperback
This book takes about two hours to read. It zips through hundreds of hilarious and dangerous situations that the author gets into all over the world. A very funny and rather shocking look at the humour and adrenaline of men working in the oil industry, it will go down well with anyone who enjoys a good lad's mag.

I bought this on spec in Sydney airport where the petite Asian lady in the bookshop said "Oh yes, I've read that, it's excellent." I was a little surprised, perhaps even suspicious and unsure of what I was buying. Now I just have respect for the lady in the shop. This book is all about drunkenness, fights in foreign bars, inappropriate pets, diarrhoea at the worst moment, brutal practical jokes, jungle madness and the raw testosterone-fuelled humour of oil drillers.

When I bought it, I was actually thinking I might learn something about the oil industry, especially since it starts with a little graphic guide to the different types of oil rig and platform. But forget it, the oil is just an excuse for the larks, bravado and cameraderie.

I also wondered about the title: not just "don't tell mum", but also the bit about being a piano player in a whorehouse. Well, forgive the spoiler, but the author's mum worked in the oil industry too, so she knew what he was up to, and never thought he worked in a whorehouse (although he visited enough). But I guess it's a snappy enough title, and it caught my eye.

If you're a real pedant like me you will also find some of Paul Carter's facts are way out, a bit like his spelling (e.g. elementary canal) but this is by-the-by. It's the laughs that make the book.

And if you're a nice mum buying this to try to persuade your precious son that becoming an oilman is too dangerous and dodgy, forget it. He'll read this book and never want to do anything else - apart from reading the sequel "This is not a drill"...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nigel Jones on 13 April 2010
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This was a book that got me those looks from my wife whilst reading it in bed. You know the one, when she wonders what the hell you are up to because all you can do is snigger and try to stifle laughs. Brilliant.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Simmo on 22 Mar. 2007
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The "blurb" on the cover was spot on. It was hilarious and I couldn't put it down. I embarrassed my kids on the plane to Spain by continually giggling to myself. One of the funniest books I read certainly in non-fiction.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Kernohan on 31 Dec. 2008
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This was a last minute purchase for my better half for Christmas. With all the expensive presents opened I should have saved my money on the other stuff and just given him this. Within 2 minutes of reading he was laughing out loud in the other room. There was now no chance of help with the turkey as he wouldn't put the book down. All I could hear was him screaming with laughter.
I suggested that as he was finding it so funny, then maybe I should read it to find out what shenanigans he gets up to whilst on the rigs. The answer was "I don't think so" and it has swiftly been taken off onto the rig for everyone else to read.
Best buy ever.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jack South China Sea on 14 Dec. 2006
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Having worked on the rigs for thirty years, i found this book outstanding!

all the guys i work with have read it and loved it. It's a wild ride, can't wait for the next one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Matt Thomas (@smartamatt) on 22 Oct. 2014
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Fairly underwhelmed. Was a bit like an extended magazine feature on a vaguely interesting guy who has worked in oil and got drunk a fair bit. Felt like the stories and Paul's background and family life had the potential to be deeper and more intense and in reality probably are, but that the book stopped short of imparting any true insights or emotion because either Paul didn't want to go there or it was simply dumbed down by the publishers seeking a lads' read bestseller you don't have to think about. All felt a little pointless and empty. Couldn't recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nick Brett TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 31 Jan. 2008
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This is not a tale of life on the oil rigs, but rather a collection of stories by someone who has worked on the rigs. Short and easy to read chapters and some of the tales are laugh out loud funny mainly involving too much drink and associated stupidity. So a bit of a 'blokes' book and nothing deep and meaningful but it does not pretend to be anything else. You can almost imagine the auther telling some very funny tales and someone suggesting that 'you could write a book about that' and so he did. And I'm glad he did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Alison Cutts on 27 Feb. 2010
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I bought this book for my husband and he thought it was a great book and to be honest I thought the cover made it look a real 'blokes' book, however I decided to read it as I had run out of my books to read. I have decided that this is the funniest book I have ever read, It had me giggling so much and I still giggle just thinking about it!! It should be recommended reading to anyone especially if you want cheering up. BUY IT AND BUY YOUR FRIENDS A COPY!!
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