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Never Carry Your Own Briefcase, by John M. Allgrove

Never Carry Your Own Briefcase is the always personal, often humorous story of a well-travelled Australian Trade Commissioner.

Product details:

  • Author: John M. Allgrove
  • Publisher: Wakefield Press
  • RRP: Hardback: $29.95

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In a career spanning more than 34 years, John Allgrove's assignments took him to Calcutta, Bombay, Athens, Cairo, Hong Kong, Taipei, Bangkok, Paris, Jakarta, Seoul and Frankfurt, before he retired after his final posting in Singapore in 1995. His children were born in Hong Kong, Taipei, Bangkok and Paris.

Austrade's mission is to increase the international success of Australian business. Never Carry Your Own Briefcase gives us a unique glimpse into Austrade's endeavours over decades, via the on-the-ground experiences of one of its longest-serving officers.