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Packing Up Further Adventures of a Trailing Spouse by Brigid Keenan

Packing Up Further Adventures of a Trailing Spouse

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If you’ve read Brigid Keenan’s Diplomatic Baggage you’ll know to seize upon Packing Up, her further adventures. If Brigid Keenan’s new to you all I can advise is read immediately for a witty and funny look at diplomatic life. Married to a diplomat she packs and follows her husband to some most unglamorous postings, starting with Kazakhstan. But retirement looms and looking for a home in Europe and with her husband now in Azerbaijan she has to take on an almighty commute, all while dealing with illness, a daughter’s wedding and becoming a grandmother.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. As a young journalist, Brigid Keenan married a diplomat, which meant the beginning of a peripatetic but exciting life as a ‘trailing spouse’, chronicled to great acclaim in her first volume Diplomatic Baggage. Now updating her adventures, she begins in Kazakhstan where she and her husband have a tumultuous series of mishaps, followed by the equally daunting prospect of retiring and going home to England. As Brigid asserts, with typical fortitude, ultimately ‘England has been just another new country in which to find my way’, and her wonderfully humorous, beautifully written slice of autobiography captures all the pains and perils of a challenging but rewarding life on the move.

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Packing Up Further Adventures of a Trailing Spouse by Brigid Keenan

Her bestselling account of life as a 'trailing spouse', Diplomatic Baggage, won the hearts of thousands in countries all over the world. Now, in her further adventures, we find Brigid in Kazakhstan, where AW, her husband, contracts Lyme disease from a tick, the local delicacy is horse meat sausage and Brigid's visit to a market leads to a full-scale riot from which she requires a police escort. Then, as the prospect of retirement looms, Brigid finds herself on the cusp of a whole new world: shuttling between London, Brussels and their last posting in Azerbaijan, navigating her daughters' weddings while coping with a cancer diagnosis, and getting a crash course in grand-motherhood as she helps organise a literature festival in Palestine. Along the way, dauntless and wildly funny as ever, Brigid learns that packing up doesn't mean packing in as she discovers that retiring and moving back home could just be her biggest challenge yet.


So funny and frank and moving - Deborah Moggach

Praise for Diplomatic Baggage:

'Keenan, I suspect, was quite possibly put on this planet with the express purpose of writing ... There are not many books that have made me cry from laughing, but this is one of them' - Katie Hickman, Sunday Times

Fabulous ... writes like a dream Joanna Lumley I found myself laughing out loud three or four times a page. Quite unlike anything else I have ever read: sad, touching, honest and observant ... Brigid Keenan is a new comic genius - William Dalrymple

About the Author

Brigid Keenan is an author and journalist. She has worked as an editor on Nova magazine, the Observer and the Sunday Times. She has published two fashion histories as well as Travels in Kashmir, Damascus and the best selling Diplomatic Baggage and is a founding board member of the Palestine Festival of Literature. She lives in Pimlico and Somerset.

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4th June 2015


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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


320 pages


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