This is a story of Georgia - of hard work and play, serious feasting, bizarre happenings, nail-biting journeys, poignant moments and constant fun. It tells how an innocent Irish fellow threatened the life of Georgia's president on his very first evening in the country. He survived - and made friends with the presidential bodyguards with the help of some Irish Whiskey. He attended a dinner where Jesus was a guest; had a close encounter with Stalin's bed and bathroom; walked on the grave of a twelfth century king; helped to cure a sick cow in the High Caucasus; travelled through the Valley of the Devil to the Gates of the Alans; and survived that magnificent Georgian institution, the never-ending supra.
Conor McKeever is a former history professor at Portadown College and an assistant chief inspector for the Education and Training Inspectorate of Northern Ireland. He has served as an international education and training consultant and has been elected to the Royal Society of Arts.