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Undiplomatic Diaries

With an Introduction by Allan Gotlieb
One of Canada's most distinguished diplomats, Charles Ritchie was also a born diarist. Now, for the first time, Ritchie's diplomatic diaries are collected in one complete volume, covering his entire career in the Canadian Foreign Service. Ritchie creates a startlingly vivid and perceptive portrait of daily life at the centre of major historical events, including one of the finest accounts of the London Blitz ever written -- the people in the parks, the shabby streets, the heightened love affairs. Ritchie's life was a whirl of high-society engagements, and he turns his dry wit and irreverence to the social scene. Evocative and compelling, these diaries beautifully portray a forgotten era.
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Charles Ritchie (1906--1995) had a brilliant career in Canada's diplomatic corps, serving as Canada's ambassador to Bonn, West Germany; as Canadian Permanent Representative to the United Nations; as ambassador to the United States during the presidencies of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson; and as High Commissioner to London.


"If Canada had produced no other writer of note, Charles Ritchie the diarist, alone, could establish our literary presence." --"Maclean's""One of the best diarists who has ever touched pen to paper." --"Toronto Star""In Ritchie, Canada has found its very own Pepys." -- "Hamilton Spectator""Distilled delight." -- "The Guardian" "Relish the graceful, faultless prose of a superior stylist." -- Jane Urquhart "There have not been many diarists in the world who have been in his league. His diaries are engaging, witty, insightful, and altogether irresistible." -- "Globe and Mail"

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