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A Fortunate Life: The Autobiography of Paddy Ashdown Paperback – 25 Apr 2010
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A hearty raconteur, Lord Ashdown has written a winner. --Good Book Guide, September 2010
About the Author
Paddy Ashdown spent the first seventeen years of his adult life serving his country as an officer in the Royal Marine Commandos, a member of the Special Boat Service and as an employee of the ‘shadowy side’ of the Foreign Office. He then went on to become Liberal Democrat MP for Yeovil and leader of his party, and the international community’s High Representative in war-torn Bosnia. He currently sits in the House of Lords. He is author of two books for Aurum: A Brilliant Little Operation, which tells the story of the Cockleshell heroes of World War Two, and his autobiography, A Fortunate Life.
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The autobiography also goes into some depth about Ashdown's passion for Bosnian politics, and his involvement in that part of teh world both as an MP and later as High Representative. It is a fascinating and gripping political biography, which gives a surprising insight into the 'hands on' approach to winning his seat of Yeovil in 1983.
This a success story that flows nicely through a good life.
A better than adverage start as a child,but no silver spoons here, a determind man with hard work, a bit of luck ( as he admits ), true to himself and his personal values makes this a good interesting and entertaining read with candor,humour and honesty.
I think he deserved his Fortunate Life.
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