Michael Hall: „Dear Deutschland“

Einladung zu einem Vortrag in englischer Sprache

Mittwoch, den 25. Februar 2015 um 19:00 Uhr
RüKONTOR (5. Etage), Rüttenscheider Str. 144, 45131 Essen
Michael Hall will be reading from his new book “Dear Deutschland“, a
selection of 50 pieces which he wrote while he was British Consul in
Frankfurt from 1991 to 1996. The extracts are made up of portraits of
engaging characters, comic incidents of consular and daily life, snapshots of
Frankfurt at that time, just after Germany’s reunification and during the strong
rise of the city as a financial centre, glimpses backstage at the British
Consulate-General, and peeps into the personal life of Herr Konsul.
“Dear Deutschland”, as its title suggests, takes an affectionate view of
Germany, its people and culture. The book’s prevailing tone is happy and
humorous. At the same time it does not gloss over the darker side of German

Michael Hall was born in Cape Town, South Africa, and spent his early life in
Swazilandand, Kenya. He served in the British Foreign Office in London from
1973 to 1984 and then in the Diplomatic Service from 1984 to 2002. He has
travelled extensively and had diplomatic postings in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe,
The Netherlands, Germany and in the UK Delegation to the Council of
Europe in Strasbourg where he has continued to live with his Hamburg-born
wife Birgit since his retirement in 2002. His first book was “Eating for Britain”,
published in 2008, a collection of 36 pieces which take an ironic but
affectionate view of diplomacy in general and the British diplomatic service in