Waite memoir recalls travels with a primate

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Travels with a Primate recounts Terry Waites time as an aide to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie Travels with a Primate recounts Terry Waites time as an aide to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie

While Terry Waite sat blindfolded as a hostage in Beirut for more than four years, he would brighten the gloom by casting his mind back to being an aide to the Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie.

Waite recalls these misadventures in a whimsical memoir, Travels with a Primate, in which he describes guiding Runcie around the global Anglican Communion between 1979 and 1987.

Animals feature heavily — not least a pig called Martha, given to the archbishop by a farmer in the US, who said: “I want you Archbishop to take one of my best hogs to England. I want you to breed that hog and send lots of little hogs to Africa.” Martha came to Lambeth Palace many months and much red tape later, but…

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