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Diplomatic Anecdotage

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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Contents Introduction v Chapter 1 The Beginning in Bulgaria: Legation 1 Chapter 2 More Cold War Diplomacy 23 Chapter 3 Bulgaria: Embassy 39 Chapter 4 Some Higher Diplomacy: Posting to Paris 60 Chapter 5 Singapore: Diplomacy for Change 81 Chapter 6 Sabbatical at University of California, Berkeley 105 Chapter 7 Counsellor and JIC Representative, British Embassy, Washington 111 Chapter 8 Consul-General, Chicago 131 Chapter 9 London Appointments: Desk Officer to Under-Secretary 153 Chapter 10 Ambassador to Indonesia, Land of Complex Diplomacy 193 Chapter 11 High Commissioner to Australia: Managing a Full,Friendly and Frank Relationship 245 Chapter 12 Reflections post hoc, and a Partial Look Forward 299

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* A witty account of a career in diplomacy from one of England's most distinguished ambassadors.; * Includes contemporary photography from the author's personal archive.; * Each section covers accounts of his postings to Europe, the States, Asia and Australia - mixing humorous anecdotes with insightful analysis of each region and its history.

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.


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

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