From the Back Cover:
“209 pages of distilled delight.” – Manchester Guardian
“True confessions from an extraordinary envoy. Here is one diplomat who tells it like it is.” – Toronto Star
First published in 1975. The Siren Years earned Charles Ritchie, Canada’s most distinguished diplomat, both the Governor General’s Award for Non-Fiction and international recognition as an exceptional diarist, a Canadian Pepys.
The Siren Years takes the reader through the diplomatic corridors and glittering drawing rooms of prewar Washington, wartime England, and Europe. From the well-placed vantage point of the Canadian High Commission in London, Ritchie wryly observes world events and the vagaries of the unique British character at war. His epigrammatic insights into the minutiae of the diplomatic world, his sly portraits of politicians, socialites, and literary lions, and his candour about his own amorous enthusiasms make The Siren Years a vivid and charming example of the diarist’s art.
All four volumes of Charles Ritchie’s diaries – The Siren years, An Appetite for Life, Diplomatic Passport, and Storm Signals – are available in Macmillan Paperbacks.