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Diplomatic Anecdotage: Around the World in 40 Years [Kindle Edition]

Sir Roger Carrick
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From Bulgaria to Berkeley, Indonesia to Australia, Roger Carrick has travelled the world as an English diplomat. He was shadowed by the secret police in Sofia, witnessed the 1968 riots in Paris, befriended Shirley Temple at Stanford University and negotiated the withdrawal of British troops from Singapore. In between he rose to the heights of ambassador to Indonesia and High Commissioner to Australia. All in a day’s work for a distinguished diplomat. Diplomatic Anecdotage is a reflection on his career and on the ups and downs of diplomatic life. By turns witty and thoughtful, it is an absorbing and appealing read and a unique behind-the-scenes look at diplomacy in action. It is also an account of a changing world, whose author has played a discreet role in shaping its course.

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A fascinating insider's view to diplomatic life full of humour, wisdom and good sense about how to navigate our way through a dangerous world. --Chris Patten

A marvellously entertaining and instructive memoir that is a model of its kind.--Carl Bridge, Britain and the World

A diplomat's life isn't boring, at least Roger Carrick's wasn't. Amusing, informative and fun. --Lord Carrington

[From an event at Ilkley Literature Festival, September 2012]: 'I felt a real privilege to be at this event. Sir Roger Carrick is a career diplomat who reached the highest levels in his profession, culminating in his appointment as High Commissioner to Australia ... Wearing a tweed jacket and an immaculately laundered handkerchief in his pocket, he regaled the audience with tales from his distinguished career ... If Sir Roger's book is any way near as entertaining as this evening at the Ilkley Literature Festival it will be well worth buying.' -- --Patrick McGuckin, The Pickled Egg http://www.pickledegg.info/2012/09/sir-roger-carrick-personal-touch-ilkley-literature-festival/#more-5883

[From an event at Ilkley Literature Festival, September 2012]: 'I felt a real privilege to be at this event. Sir Roger Carrick is a career diplomat who reached the highest levels in his profession, culminating in his appointment as High Commissioner to Australia ... Wearing a tweed jacket and an immaculately laundered handkerchief in his pocket, he regaled the audience with tales from his distinguished career ... If Sir Roger's book is any way near as entertaining as this evening at the Ilkley Literature Festival it will be well worth buying.' ----Patrick McGuckin, The Pickled Egg http://www.pickledegg.info/2012/09/sir-roger-carrick-personal-touch-ilkley-literature-festival/#more-5883

About the Author

Sir Roger is a former British diplomat. His distinguished career includes such prominent positions as ambassador to Indonesia and High Commissioner to Australia. He is the author of several publications including Rolleround Oz, based on his travels round Australia. He is a lecturer and business adviser, and lives in Somerset with his wife Hilary.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 727 KB
  • Print Length: 329 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1907642552
  • Publisher: Elliott & Thompson (12 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008BQDXB8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #198,754 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating stuff 12 Jun. 2012
Format:Hardcover
Not knowing anything about the life of a diplomat, I only read this after a friend recommended I should. And I'm glad I did!
Great stories from all around the world - even some saucy bits!!
Fab Father's Day present, or anytime for anyone who wants to be amused, entertained and educated in easy bite-sized chunks!
I have now passed it to my 13 year old son who is also enjoying the travels.
And a great advert for a career in the Foreign Office!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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The tales from around the world, from behind the Iron Curtain, the Far East and Australasia and closer to home are fascinating to read. Having heard the author on Radio 4 and with knowledge of previous lectures I embarked upon this book with eager anticipation and was not disappointed. For anyone wanting an insight into the workings on Government and diplomacy, this is a must.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Foreign frolics 12 Jun. 2012
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I have to admit that I didn't immediately think I would like this, and I was right... I loved it!
Great story telling about things that I have read about in the news and now know just a little bit more about. The life of one of Her Majesty's diplomatic envoys is way different from what I imagined, and the pages turned like a compulsive novel.
Definitely worth a read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So So 28 Feb. 2013
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I was really enjoying this book up to the last couple of chapters when it seemed to suddenly turn into a bit of a sour grapes rant, that made me not want to finish the book, however I did but it did spoil my enjoyment of what had been a good read.I even recognised a childhood aquaintance of mine in one of the chapters which was a pleasant surprise.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable mainly 13 Jan. 2013
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Interesting take on some historical events. Often becomes alist of people met and nary a bad word about ex-colleagues. Would like to have met and had adrink with this bloke when I was travelling, but the book reinforcedd my feeling that FCO and ambasadors have noting to do with ordinary'citizens in trouble'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Got to be diplomatic about this book 13 Jan. 2013
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I'm afraid this book is proving a disappointment . It's a worthy, 'for the record' run through the author's career, but for me goes into far too much arcane diplomatic detail . I've got about half way through , but I'm unlikely to last the course.

I think the problem lies in the title. Having been spoilt by such a lot of excellent published travel 'anecdotage' over the last two decades, I'd expected this to be in the same arena, with lots of rich local detail about the countries, their peoples and their cultures.

So ...... probably a good intro if you're pondering a lifelong career in Whitehall and its 'colonies' , but not a light or engaging read for the Tube . You get what you pay for I suppose .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wish I'd been a diplomat 7 Jan. 2013
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Well written in English as it should be written although I did need my dictionary once or twice. An interesting thoroughly good read which also gives an insight to some unexpected characters in various governments.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 12 Mar. 2013
By Joan
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A fascinating recall of a diplomatic life, shared by his wife and lived in different parts of the world. Very readable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Self-serving and generally dull
A few amusing moments from the early days in Bulgaria and an insight into the world of diplomacy and international politics. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nick England
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fascinating Read
A fascinating insight into the hidden world of diplomacy. Although at times a little heavy on names and details, I found the book both informative and entertaining.
Published 17 months ago by Macasr
3.0 out of 5 stars Steady going
Abit "ploddy" especially in the opening chapters. Overmuch name dropping, and too much about the faultless Lady Hilary. Read more
Published 19 months ago by MR BRIAN PARKER
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read but a little too much at times
I got this book on a Kindle offer and l am glad l did. It was a good read, interesting and l particularly enjoyed the stories such as the author time in Bulgaria and Sydney. Read more
Published on 28 May 2013 by dinkyinki
3.0 out of 5 stars The world's best sleeping 'drug' and it's legal!
If you are an insomniac, look no further - this book is the answer to your prayers! Just go straight to Chapter 9 which is so mind-numbingly boring that soon you will start to... Read more
Published on 26 May 2013 by Gigix
1.0 out of 5 stars Very dull
Oh dear. I gave up very quickly and I hardly ever fail to reach the end of a book. Patronising, name-dropping claptrap basically, although the first pages were interesting and an... Read more
Published on 4 Mar. 2013 by Heather Tee
2.0 out of 5 stars If you like reading staff newsletters ...
I was hoping this would be full of interesting and amusing anecdotes, insights to the working of the diplomatic corps and maybe some inside gossip on what some of these folks are... Read more
Published on 4 Mar. 2013 by D. Warren
3.0 out of 5 stars It became very repetitive
The downside of this book for me was the virtual absence of any criticism of anyone with whom the author had worked throughout his career. Read more
Published on 13 Feb. 2013 by jossal
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother, the 1-2 star reviews are bang on.
Some interesting anecdotes in the first couple of chapters, but Roger (now Sir) Carrick's book quickly degenerates into a name dropping, almost sycophantic, list of people that the... Read more
Published on 2 Feb. 2013 by Digger
2.0 out of 5 stars Everything you suspected about the Foreign Office
is true. Interesting in a time- warp kind of way, but the writing is stodgy and unimaginative, the natives are - well, just not British - while the Brits are of course... Read more
Published on 29 Jan. 2013 by Chick50
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