From the Back Cover:
“A writer of rare insight and sophistication, droll wit, and admirable lucidity.” – Globe and Mail
In the first three volumes of his diaries, we follow Charles Ritchie from his youth in Halifax and Oxford in his years as a young diplomat serving in wartime London, and we watch him climb the rungs of the diplomatic-service ladder through postings in Paris, Ottawa, Bonn, and the United Nations. Now in Storm Signals, we see Charles Ritchie, the seasoned diplomat, in his last two major postings in Washington and London.
Here is the inimitable Ritchie in the Washington of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, wryly reflecting on the stormy family relationship between the American and Canadian governments. We see him, too, carrying out the social functions of the High Commissioner in London with his usual amiable self-mockery and observant wit. As ever it is the wide variety of people and events in his everyday life that engages his lively attentions, with results that are often extremely amusing and always vintage Ritchie.
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