Harald Lipman is by profession a medical doctor who for over 20 years was Senior Medical Adviser to the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
“Memories of Moscow” recounts his experiences in the 1980s as Medical Attaché to the British Embassy Moscow. Living and travelling within the then Soviet Union, he and his wife, Nahid, witnessed at first-hand the great changes that swept through the country and led to modern Russia.
Readers are introduced to Diplomatic life and life in the Soviet Union as well as unique aspects of their private and professional life as a doctor and diplomat.
The book captures the events, people and places that helped shape subsequent global politics, yet also profoundly affected their own lives.
50% of royalties are donated to The BEARR Trust, which assists with the care of deprived adults and children in the former Soviet republics.
Memories of Moscow - Memoirs of a Medical Diplomat
Harald Lipman’s “Memories of Moscow” is a charming account of the trials and tribulations of life as a diplomatic doctor in Moscow at the height of the Cold War.
Dr Lipman, as Medical Attache, was the “in-house GP” at the British Embassy during the Eighties - the eventful final years of the Soviet Union.
His diary-style memoir is a smorgasbord of tales from his life in Moscow, ranging from some hair-raising encounters with Soviet medical care to a delightful description of the Queen’s Birthday Party in the Embassy garden one summer, at which the Ambassador of Luxembourg swiped the last strawberry tart from under the nose of the Archbishop of Canterbury!
There are memories too of Soviet culture, politics and everyday life, all told with a hint of warm nostalgia for an age now gone.
He sets the diary in the background of the eventful events leading up to the unexpected but inevitable dissolution of the Soviet Union.