In his final collection of reports, Queen's Messenger George Courtauld describes his recent visits to places including Mongolia, the Persian Gulf, Chile, Oman and Thailand. He is, as ever, interested in everything he encounters, from flora and fauna to art, architecture and history. But it is above all the quirks and eccentricities of his favourite species, Homo sapiens, that delight him most. His sharp ear for tricks of speech and acute eye for the absurd are once again in evidence.
Farmer, ex-business man and a Queen's Messenger for the last fourteen years, George Courtauld is a keen amateur of botany, history and the arts in general. He divides his time between his farm in Essex and the rest of the world.