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Soldier, lawyer, author, journalist, enthusiast; Roger Field is a sometimes adventurer. Why, after all, specialise when you can have so much more fun diversifying? Told from earliest days that he had an attitude problem, he has resolutely lived up to and enjoyed that criticism.
Sent to The Falkland Islands he brought not only his shotgun – vital for goose shooting, post war – but also a bottle of Lagavulin malt: useful when one Max Hastings shared his trench before the battle of Wireless Ridge. Max provided cigars, Roger whisky and under the soporific roar of an Argentinean artillery barrage they discussed Bomber Command [Max’s next book] and Arms and Armour [one of Roger’s great interests]. Next day Roger found the hapless journalist on his own and popped him on the back of his armoured car. He then gave him a lift to the very edge of Stanley and his date with destiny.
Told by his Colonel it was time to get serious if he wanted to command, Roger took him literally and instead became a lawyer, specialising in media. Roger has sat with his finger on the ‘kill’ button as David Frost interviewed one of the Birmingham 6 the morning after his release; been in charge of the legals on the launch of Loaded Magazine – advice included ‘clear your desks in case of a drugs raid’ – been in a position to have a Tory MP jailed for contempt and set up the defence to the Da Vinci Code case.
He has mixed with and argued with and represented the good and the great of letters: he was the Legal Director of Random House for five extraordinary years. For the past 20 years he has also been a journalist, twice having his own property column in The Daily Telegraph and, currently, a fine art and auction column in The Field Magazine: “Toys for Boys” as he calls it.
He is the author of Rogue Male, which reached no 2 in The Evening Standard non-fiction list.
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