Writer, international civil servant, broadcaster and critic, Richard Mayne wrote The Copper Stick as a record for his children. His family has published these memoirs to share this story of a remarkable life. A tale of growing up in 1930s London, of being billeted during the war and educated at St Pauls and Cambridge, The Copper Stick charts a brief spell in Egypt with the army and his career with Jean Monnet, the founding father of the European Union. His lifelong passion for the EU illuminate the tales of his many roles helping lead it, and his days as a journalist, broadcaster and critic. Full of wonderful anecdotes, vivid detail and many colourful characters, this is also the story of a much loved, missed and admired family man.