Book review: Talking to strangers

Talking to Strangers (39)

by Peter Rosengard

When it comes to the list of books you’re yet to read but might want to…

You’ve probably got some literary classics on the list.

If you’re anything like me You might have some business books on your list, or history books or even a psychology book…

What you’re unlikely to have on your list of ‘top books to read’ is the life story (so far) of a life insurance salesman.

It wasn’t on my list….until my mate Richard (@RichardEarlIFA on Twitter) suggested I take a look (as well as lending me his copy)

This is why about a week and a bit ago I found myself reading “Talking to Strangers – the adventures of a life insurance salesman” by Peter Rosengard.

Now it’s fair to say that Peter’s no ordinary life insurance salesman. He’s a world record holding life insurance salesman who also was responsible for opening the comedy store (CHECK!) in the UK, ‘discovering’ Curiosity Killed the Cat and being part of the team who worked to bring a fitting 9-11 memorial to the UK…as well as being a serial breakfaster and possibly Claridges best customer!

He’s also had some decent challenges in his life including a battle with gambling addiction (WHAT OTHER CHALLENGES).

The first thing to say about this book is that it’s an incredibly entertaining read.

It’s snappily written, full of fantastically entertaining anecdotes and is constantly funny from the amusingly titled contents pages (you’ll understand when you read it) all the way through the hundreds of stories contained in the book through to the thoughtful but uplifting final few pages.

What the book felt like to me is having dinner with one of those people who are full of life and even fuller of stories. Raconteurs (check whether this is the right word) who fill their lives with challenge, fun and adventure in equal measure.

It’s also a book which feels incredibly honest. From addictions, to his minor brushes with the Law, through to some of his regrets and what he sees are his flaws, the book whilst it doesn’t dwell on the negative elements of his life isn’t afraid to explore these issues.

If I’m being perfectly frank some of the stories felt like opportunities to name drop a wide range of well known people Peter has met when interestingly many of the more entertaining interactions are with people who aren’t in the public domain.

However, this minor criticism aside I really enjoyed this book.

If I were to sum this book up it’s the story of a life well lived by a gentleman who discovered he could make a decent living and live an exciting life just by ‘Talking to Strangers’

You can pick up your copy of ‘Talking to Strangers’ here…

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