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Wow, what a story!
Roses down the Barrel of a Gun is an incredible memoir of one British woman’s experience working and living in a tumultuous Georgia.
I have learned so much about this country, its culture and its history by reading this wonderful book and the author’s love of Georgia really shined through as I read. This book manages to convey the warmth and welcoming nature of the people Jo met as well as more difficult living and working conditions as Jo arrived at the British Council in Tbilisi. As well as giving insight into life before, during and after the Rose Revolution in 2003, which I found incredibly interesting in itself, the author manages to include a more personal narrative filled with the difficulties of transferring to an overseas role, the culture and warmth of the new country and the development of new friendships and relationships. I like the descriptions of the meals, and the toasting and felt as though I had a seat at the table as I read.
In addition to not knowing much about Georgia, I’m also unfamiliar with the work carried out by foreign embassies and initiatives like the British Council. I enjoyed finding out about the exhibitions and performances and I think that this book highlights the vital importance of the arts to society.
Roses Down the Barrel of a Gun is a fascinating insight into a country that I knew little about and I highly recommend this book.
Georgia 2001. “Your mission, Jo, should you choose to accept it, is to find out what young Georgians want,” said the man from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, or words to that effect. “We’re keen to know what will happen when President Shevardnadze moves on.”
Jo Seaman went to the South Caucasus as director of the British Council in Georgia at a time of political uncertainty and turmoil. In attempting to fulfill her mission of cultural diplomacy she rubs shoulders with ballerinas and border guards, ambassadors and activists, ministers and musicians, despots and dodgy officials.
Jo's intimate descriptions of a culture only relatively recently emerged from the shadow of the Iron Curtain are underpinned with a genuine warmth and compassion for the Georgian people. A consummate diplomat, Jo needs all her skills as she ventures out into the fraught and often amusing sphere of international relations, and is drawn into the heady events of the Rose Revolution. And life at home is far from uneventful...
|Publication date:||23rd September 2019|
|Publisher:||Grosvenor House Publishing Limited|
|Primary Genre||Biographies & Autobiographies|
Jo Seaman grew up in Nigeria, Northern Ireland, south east London and Australia. Unsurprisingly, she was drawn to an international career. Jo worked for the British Council for almost 30 years in various guises; firstly in London and Manchester, with short assignments all over Africa, Asia and the former Soviet Union. She then lived in Egypt, Georgia, Pakistan, Jamaica and France before returning to the UK. Her travels and adventures have given her a rich source of material for her writing.More About Jo Seaman