Troubador Beyond the Blue Mountain

Released: 28/03/2021

ISBN: 9781800462106

Format: Hardback

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Beyond the Blue Mountain


From the glaciers of Spitsbergen to the palaces of Oman, this is an unlikely journey by an unassuming Liverpool boy who spent much of his career rising, to his surprise, through MI6, when not indulging his passion for rock-climbing. It is both a memoir and travellers tale, ranging across many countries among a fascinating cast of characters, from well-known political figures to the shadowy denizens of his trade. Full of colour and incident, it is both funny and serious and always seen through the eye of an outsider who never quite felt he belonged.

This is a wonderful memoir from Alec McDonald, written in an easy going light-hearted style. From his schoolboy challenges and forays into rock climbing and adventurous travels, then onto University and his eventual career with MI6, it was a page-turner from the start. An interesting life story, well told, and definitely one to recommend to your bookworm friends or even reluctant young adult readers who may be inspired to start an adventure of their own. Highly recommended.

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