Continental Drifter
Memoir of an itinerant hydrocarbon expatriate
By Dave Hughes


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Summertime Publishing; ISBN 978-1-909193-05-5

Welsh serial expatriate Dave Hughes, whose global career spanned four decades, gives us a rare glimpse into the gritty world of the hydrocarbon industry.

In this witty, wry, dry and candid account of life on the move, Dave Hughes tells the story of his nomadic life, working first in the steel industry and later in hydrocarbons, between 1973 and 2009.

“After university I had the desire to work in exotic places; perhaps a trait inherited from my maternal grandfather,” says Hughes. “Grandfather James had been born in India and was known to have been a sailor on sailing ships, panned for gold in the Klondike, worked around the world, and fought in both the Boer War and in the First World War. Yet he left not one word of his life behind.” Dave made sure he did not make the same mistake and Continental Drifter – written largely with his family and friends in mind – was born.

As we travel from South Africa, Jordan, Borneo, Gabon, Nigeria, Korea, the Falklands and finally, to the United Arab Emirates, we share in the more personal moments too: the breakdown of Dave’s marriage, the treasured visits of his two daughters, and the bitter-sweet relationships with his concubines, Blandine in Gabon and Lon-Lon in Abu Dhabi.

About the author: Dave Hughes was born in Gwent (then Monmouthshire) and grew up in the austerity of post-war South Wales. He was kicked out of school, but went on to night school and finally graduated with a B.Sc.(hons.) C.E., M.I.Mech.E. He drifted into the hydrocarbon industry – and stayed there – because the money was good and jobs plentiful, he says. Hughes’ expatriate life ended in Abu Dhabi in 2009 when he returned to Britain due to poor health.

174 pages, available on Kindle


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