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I Was a Potato Oligarch: Travels and Travails in the New Russia Paperback – 1 May 2008

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Nicholas Brealey Publishing (1 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857885090
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857885095
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2.3 x 21.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 610,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A fantastic read. (Loose Ends, BBC Radio 4)

I Was a Potato Oligarch is the charming, witty and utterly hilarious telling of Mole's real-life experiences in a Russia still coming to terms with capitalism and competition...Mole is a bright, resourceful guy but his most valuable traits are his biting sense of humour and a willingness to take every setback in his stride. Bearing comparison easily with the likes of David Sedaris, Mole's story makes for a wonderful read. (The Sunday Business Post)

Very readable and very funny. (Clarissa Dickson Wright author of Spilling the Beans)

Funny and perceptive, it gives a vivid and sympathetic picture of what Russians are really like, and how they manage to survive and enjoy themselves in their often chaotic country. (Rodric Braithwaite, British ambassador to Moscow 1988-1992, and author of Across the Moscow River and Moscow 1941)

About the Author

John Mole has been at home in Greece for thirty years. "Like Odysseus making his legendary way home to his birthplace Ithaca, the island of Evia was the goal of my life's journey. It was better than Birmingham." He has had a varied international career, from banking in the USA and Athens to jacket potato restaurants in Russia. Meanwhile, he published comic novels and management books, including the perennial bestseller 'Mind Your Manners'.


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