From the Back Cover:
“Diplomatic Passport…reveals that as a diarist Charles Ritchie is second to nome. It is no exaggeration to say he is a glittering ornament to Canadian Literature.” – Ken Adachi, Toronto Star
“Charles Ritchie is a natural-born diarist.” – C. P. Snow
In Appetite for Life we met young Charles Ritchie, a teenager uncertain where his future lay. In The Siren Years we met him as a young diplomat serving with the Canadian Embassy in wartime London. Now, in this book, we watch him climb the career ladder in Paris, Ottawa, and Bonn, and at the United Nations in New York.
But we read these diaries not only for the fascinating back-stage glimpses of world figures (of Nehru running from the room, or Prime Minister St. Laurent stranded trouserless), but for Ritchie’s bizarre social encounters. Whether it is Greta Garbo murmuring husky things in his ear at dinner, or Nancy Mitford and Lady Diana Cooper instituting “Ritchie Week” in Paris, or Popski the incontinent dachshund provoking diplomatic confrontations, or the troublesome Air Attaché giving his secretary a book entitled Strangler in the House of Lust – it is all unforgettable, and shows why this book was a major Canadian best-seller.
Charles Ritchie had a brilliant career in Canada’s diplomatic service, acting as our ambassador in Bonn, Washington, and London. An Appetite for Life has already appeared in Macmillan Paperbacks, and further volumes of his diaries will follow.