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A Diplomatic put-down
on 3 August 2010
This is a poor book. Its essentially a collection of anecdotes which can be placed along a spectrum ranging from the baffling inane to the brain pole-axingly boring. There's no real attempt to recount what life is actually like in an embassy; emotions and values are totally ignored at the expense of bizarre comments about what it is like to have plumbing problems in Nigeria. If the intricacies of third-world infastructure are a source of fascination, this is for you.
Tacked on to the authors 'memoirs' is a sort of 'how to' guide to diplomacy. In keeping with the level of gravitas displayed by the rest of the book, this section deals with perennial problems such as;summer gloves - should they be worn? and the intricacies of arranging a seating plan for dinner.
Christopher Meyer's DC COnfidential is a far more readable and substantial offering on pretty much the same subject.