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  • By Ian Joyner
    Sep 6, 2015
    An excellent read. You'd think that a book written by a diplomat would be heavy reading on weighty historical topics, justifying positions taken by himself and his government. However, P.L. Bhandari was also a journalist who puts a lot of humour in his writings. Rather than a heavy tome, P.L. Bhandari is the James Thurber of the diplomatic world. How Not To Be A Diplomat gives an entirely different view of history and the characters who were there. He does not just recount his successes, but also many of his failures and disappointments as well - that gives the whole book a reality not found in heavier works. Many will find his startling encounter with guru Paramhansa Yogananda most interesting.
  • By Ian Green
    Nov 12, 2013
    A lovely read. One feels the end is reached too soon and wishes it could have gone on a little longer. A charming read, full of wonderful words and beautifully descriptive and evocative tales. It left me feeling a little wistful that I missed the bygone age it covers. I've already purchased a further copy for a client of mine who served in the diplomatic community. I know he'll like it as much as I did.
  • By aruna abdallah
    Nov 2, 2013
    A delight of an author's tales through much of his life -- a charming read that you wish would go on and on. His subtle yet naughty style makes for a potent interpretation of life in the foreign service, that guarantees this small treasure a fulfilling and enchanting read.
  • By Bill Morris
    Oct 28, 2013
    Something like an "It shouldn't happen to a vet" for the diplomatic set mixed up with just a touch of "Mad Men" chic. A great collection of gently amusing anecdotes from a truly fascinating life. Personal highlights include our hero being caught out after an overly boozy lunchtime by his little girl, having his life saved by a noisy and rather smart pet hound and his friendship with an enigmatic man about town who turned out to be rather more wooly than anyone had suspected. All set in a most evocative post war world of intrigue and high politics. A great read and an excellent gift too.
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Product Details

First Edition
The Quince Tree Publishing Ltd
September 16, 2013
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.5 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6.14 wide x 9.21 tall
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