One Year in Wonderland

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 30 October, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 30 October, 2011, 12:00am


One Year in Wonderland
by Christopher Combe
self-published (e-book)

One Year in Wonderland could have been better. Had Christopher Combe, a British surveyor, found a publisher, his words could have been edited - typos fixed, verbiage nixed and references to the blog on which the volume was based removed. No one needs to read in a book such sentences as 'Tomorrow I fly to Doha ... so might not post on here for a while'. Subtitled A True Tale of Expat Life in Dubai, the book resembles a diary one might write on holiday in the hope that someone else will read it. That means it is self-conscious but also indulgent in the way journals can be. The author might want to remember his weight problems and how high his blood pressure was, but others will not have the slightest interest. Combe, who lived in Dubai in 2006-07 and worked in its then booming construction industry, gives an insight into how it was to live there as a family man (his wife and two young children joined him). Those thinking about moving to Dubai might find parts of the book useful. Others will probably wish they had spent their money elsewhere.