After fighting as an officer in a Scottish Regiment in the Malayan jungle in the 1950s, Sir John Ure read history at Cambridge and, on graduating, joined HM Diplomatic Service. His first post was to Moscow at the height of the Cold War, from where he travelled extensively to central Asia and the Caucasus,often shadowed by the KGB, and on occasion penetrating across the frontiers into Afghanistan and Iran. He also served in the Congo and Portual and his ambassadorial appointments included Cuba, Brazil and Sweden.
On retirement, he turned to writing and is author of a dozen well-received and widely translated travel and historical books. He writes regularly on trave for the Daily and Sunday Telegraph and has served on the council of the Royal Geographical Society and as Chairman of Thomas Cook 'Travel Book of the Year' panel. His recreation in 'Who's Who' is "..travelling uncomfortably in remote places and writing about it comfortably afterwards."
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