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

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

Paul Carter has been shot at, hijacked and held hostage.

He's almost died of dysentery in Asia and toothache in Russia, watched a Texan lose his mind in the jungles of Asia, lost a lot of money backing a mouse against a scorpion in a fight to the death, and been served cocktails by an orang-utan on an ocean freighter. And that's just his day job.

Taking postings in some of the world's wildest and most remote regions, not to mention some of the roughest oil rigs on the planet, Paul has worked, gotten into trouble and been given serious talkings to in locations as far-flung as the North Sea, Middle East, Borneo and Tunisia, as exotic as Sumatera, Vietnam and Thailand, and as flat out dangerous as Columbia, Nigeria and Russia, with some of the maddest, baddest and strangest people you could ever hope not to meet.

Strap yourself in for an exhilarating, crazed, sometimes terrifying, usually bloody funny ride through one man's adventures in the oil trade.

When not getting into trouble on the rigs Paul lives a quiet life in Sydney.


Don't Tell Mum I Work on the Rigs...She Thinks I'm a Piano Player in a Whorehouse
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October 6th, 2014
Made me Laugh at a very sad time.
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Don't Tell mum I work on the rigs...
February 17th, 2014
An interesting read, however having worked in the mining industry myself, I felt it showed the hyperbole without some of the more mundane realities that really make FIFO work difficult. The book jumps about quite a lot so it's hard to get a sense of time passing and there are a number of typos and incorrect word usages
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Light and entertaining
February 5th, 2013
A series of funny stories which are easy to read and an entertaining it provides an insight into a life few know about.
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