- Mike Collier
Anybody who has ever been a journalist, hung around the Baltic or eastern Europe, or anywhere else been subjected to the round of embassy receptions, press conferences for visiting dignitaries, and dealing with colourful local nutters will respond to the experiences of the book’s rumpled hero Beacon with grins and grimaces of recognition. In addition, each gently amusing story is written with a light touch but with flair, and fans of Wodehousian metaphors will not be disappointed.
If you fall into any of those brackets, this is recommended as a good read, in easily digestible chunks, which for the most part is gently entertaining but still delivers the occasional belly laugh. Four mushroom heads (with a regretful deduction for lack of mass-market appeal), and I'm looking forward to getting my hands on Mike's other books.