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  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Elliott & Thompson Limited; 1st edition (24 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907642552
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907642555
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 459,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By olliesmum on 12 Jun. 2012
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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 By Odemerestor on 26 Dec. 2012
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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 By Charlie Carrick on 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 By Joan on 12 Mar. 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Roger James East on 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 By Amazon Customer on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By berties uncle on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Malcolm Brown on 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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