In “From Oceans to Embassies”, she takes the reader on a splendid journey, first as an Assistant Purser on P&O’s liners, CANBERRA and ORIANA, and then in the Diplomatic Service to Latin America, the Philippines and Eastern Europe. There are plenty of anecdotes, from golf with Prince Andrew in Hungary, where she was the Women’s Open Champion in 1991, to being thrown out of Guatemala in 1981 because of the Independence of Belize. Particularly touching is the description of her sadness on walking across the quadrangle and under the arch of the Foreign Office on her last day. How many of us have felt the same?
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