Everyone has a funny travel story: Terry Waite's newest narrative
Terry Waite shares his thoughts on Travels with a Primate, his upcoming book. What’s it like to be an advisor to the Archbishop of Canterbury?
An Archbishop of Canterbury spends only a brief part of his time in the diocese of Canterbury as he has both national and international responsibilities.
Robert Runcie, the 102nd holder of this office, was obliged to travel widely and, on his many journeys, he was accompanied by his Chaplain and his advisor, who was responsible for the Archbishops programme.
Terry Waite, (who was later captured in Beirut) was the Archbishop's advisor and, in this lighthearted book, he tells of some of the more amusing events that occurred on these journeys. There is an unusual encounter on the Alaska Highway; a grand dinner in the Great Hall of the People in China; an unfortunate landing at the wrong airport in the USA and a fraught journey in an 'Archmobile' in Canada. Archbishop Runcie bore all these trials with good humour and Terry Waite writes about them with equal amusement.
This is a book that reveals a side of archiepiscopal life rarely seen by outsiders and shows the very human side of those who occupy high office.