21 Jul BOOK REVIEW – ‘Don’t Tell Mum I work on the Rigs…she thinks I’m a Piano Player in a Whorehouse’ by Paul Carter
Don’t Tell Mum I Work on the Rigs…She Thinks I’m a Piano Player in a Whorehouse by Paul Carter.
I listened to this audiobook while driving to work. The opening chapter had me laughing, while slightly horrified at what had happened to this poor man when working on an oil rig overseas. This book is about Paul Carter’s working life on oil rigs all around the world while trying to balance a personal life. It chronicles his childhood, his time as a green-horn in the oil industry, and his progression into running his own crew on rigs.
He regales us with his funny and sometimes hair–raising stories of life on the rigs and his downtime in remote places around the world. Many oil rigs are in remote parts of the world and often in countries where it is dangerous for foreign people to work; you have a target on your back for kidnapping and being held for ransom. He has met some characters that he regards as lifelong friends and some that he would rather never see, let alone work with, again. In this book, he tries to break into another career away from the rigs, but the money keeps pulling him back in.
I laughed and cringed throughout this book and can recommend it to anyone who normally doesn’t read non-fiction; it’s a good introduction to the genre.
This book can be borrowed from Gladstone Regional Libraries as an audiobook and others by this author as audio or print books.
Review by Stacey McNelley