4.0 out of 5 stars
Substance over style, 16 May 2009
Paddy's latest draws you in from the off with its strong narrative pull and the author's infectious enthusiasm and get-up-and-go attitude to life that springs through the pages. It is a book full of anecdotes by turns amusing and gripping- tales of derring-do and bravery in South-East Asia and entertaining accounts of life as an aspiring parlimentarian are recounted in an offhand and easy manner that beguiles the reader. Interestingly, the section of the book that describes the battle to win his parlimentary seat is where his writing really starts to develop a natural flow. His enthusiasm for the topic is reflected in some truly engaging and fluid prose that is a pleasure to read.
The book is engaging and compelling almost throughout, but this is mainly due to the fact that the author has led such a varied and fascinating life, and not due to his writing style, which can occasionally clunk a little. This is not a major issue however, and there are real flashes of wisdom in here that spark off enthusiasm in the mind and inspire the reader. This is not a political memoir and should be read by a wider group than those who might usually go out and buy a book by a politician. Definitely Recommended Reading.