[ilds] New Book The Ambassador's Camel: Undiplomatic Tales of Embassy Life

holdsworth holdsworth at rogers.com
Wed Jun 29 12:52:47 PDT 2011


I believe a number of ILDS members are interested in references to Durrell's
works by other writers. For this reason I would like to bring to their
attention my recently published book, The Ambassador's Camel: Undiplomatic
Tales of Embassy Life. This book was inspired in part by Durrell's Antrobus
stories and Pombal in the Quartet. One of the characters is in fact
discovered reading  Esprit de Corps in his embassy office. 

 

 
<http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/images/1450276636/ref=dp_image_0?ie=UTF8&n=
916520&s=books> The Ambassador's Camel: Undiplomatic Tales of Embassy Life

 

The book is a series of hilarious short stories satirizing the Canadian
diplomatic corps and indeed, embassy life anywhere in the world. The stories
are seen through the eyes of a senior Canadian diplomat, exiled as
ambassador to a tiny Asian country called Bharalya, when he falls out with
his new foreign minister. When he and his wife arrive, they are quite
unprepared for the bizarre experiences they will share and the stark fact
that for the embassy, there is simply nothing to do. They meet the king
who's addicted to collecting medals from foreign governments, a junior
diplomat who impersonates his own foreign minister, a visiting minister
caught by the press in a brothel, and a travel-averse diplomat reduced to
jelly by his one and only trip outside the capital. The ambassador's major
duties turn out to be attending flower competitions, Christmas parties,
national day celebrations, golf tournaments and events with rented camels,
where diplomatic conflicts almost turn into wars. And regularly erupting at
the most awkward moments is the dreaded Bharali amoeba, scourge of the
diplomatic intestinal tract. But all frivolity is set aside when the
government threatens to close down the embassy; the Foreign Service springs
into action, with surprising results. 

 

Lea Stogdale, another Canadian member of the Society, provided invaluable
editorial advice during the writing of this book. It is available via most
on-line booksellers such as Amazon.com.

 

 

 

 

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