Queen's Messenger George Courtauld is at it again in this sequel to "The Travels of a Fat Bulldog", still bound by the Official Secrets Act, but as energetic, inquisitive and enthusiastic as ever about everything else he finds en route. He flourishes on a train ride from hell in Kenya, searches in vain for a Turkish hazelnut tree in Ankara and spends a night in a dungeon on the Great Wall of China. As if his official journeys were not diverting enough, between journeys he offers other diversions - memories of batty aunts as well as his list, composed at the age of 14 and quoted here with original spellings, of "Things Needed for Canoeing Round the World", which included: tea set (for visiters); Bible with instructions for carrying out a funeral at sea; Beads (for trading); Champaine; Dairys and log books.
Farmer, ex-businessman and now a Queen's Messenger for the last thirteen years, George Courthauld divides his time between his farm in Essex and the rest of the world. A keen amateur, whether in botany, ornithology, history or the arts, he takes an interest in everything around him.