Paddy Ashdown's autobiography was hailed as one of the most readable and exciting political life stories ever written of all - precisely because it was so very much more.
This is the autobiography of an old-fashioned Man of Action, an adventurer, to be compared more readily to Fitzroy Maclean than David Steel. Ashdown's years as MP for Yeovil and leader of the Liberal Democrats pale alongside his time as a Royal Marine Commando, in the Special Boat squadron, as a spy, on military service in Northern Ireland and Indonesia, and then subsequently - perhaps his finest and most heroic role, as the UN's High representative in war-torn Bosnia.
As one reviewer remarked, 'this must be the first political memoir to offer advice on the best way to execute a jungle ambush and on how to treat an open wound using red ants.' Ashdown's appeal is that he transcends party political allegiances, and is seen as a genuinely honest and decent man unafraid to take on the hardest of challenges.
Publisher: Aurum Press
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 420 g
Dimensions: 197 x 129 x 33 mm
'Less a political autobiography than a real-life Dangerous Book for Boys, and all the better for it. This is more than anything else an adventure story. Fascinating and uplifting and genuinely, without irony, heroic, the sort of book you should read to your kids, just to let them know what can be done.' - Rod Liddle, The Sunday Times
'To anyone inclined to political cynicism, I would urge you to read this book. Ashdown emerges as a man of serious standing, a good man, a principled man, a man who commands your respect entirely.' - The Times
'[An] action-packed, pacey, lyrical and sweetly honest book... This is the autobiography of a good man.' - Matthew Parris, Spectator
'Even James Bond would put down Ashdown's A Fortunate Life and reflect that his own life seemed suddenly rather monochrome.' - Daily Telegraph