This is the personal story of a diplomat’s wife which spans a thirty-five year period from the start of her husband’s career as the most junior member of an embassy’s staff ending many years later as an Ambassador.
This is told from the wife's point of view, writing with insight and humour about the funny and not so funny situations that occurred during their postings from deeply, chillingly, communist Bulgaria to dangerous, unpredictable, West Africa and places in-between. This book should make you laugh but also dispel some of the myths that a diplomat’s life is one long round of glamour and privilege. This wife learned along the way how to survive moving every two to five years, disbanding one home only to set up another in a new country, how to raise a family, manage servants, cultures, and climates and to survive the ultimate horror of the All French Dinner Party….To any young woman who has chosen to go with her husband or partner to live overseas, this book is a ‘must’ to read.
I enjoyed this book a RIDICULOUS amount, - so much that it is our December book club pick and my mom is having it at HER book club in February. (Dear #matadorbooks that is a total of 44 copies sold!!!) Jane's writing style is easy and breezy and the pages flew by and I LOVE IT when there is a photo of an author (weird, but true) and this book had photos from her postings as well. Anyone who likes to travel would enjoy this book as would students of history (when it comes to iron curtain countries). I would hope to think that everyone would love this book ... and I thank Mrs. Bulger for that.
Thank you for an enjoyable evening, Jane!!!
by Janet Cousineau
A diplomat's wife that I met whilst in Africa during the 80's likened her life to that of a nomad, which this account mirrors beautifully.
This is a behind the scenes account of life serving Her Majesty's Government, with a few laughs along the way.
A good read and I recommend it.
by Eileen Hall
Nice book. Hilarious and enriching experience. The author illustrate the examples in a very creative way.
by Jo M
What a great book! Who knew the life of the diplomatic service wasnt all glitz and glamour. Full of interesting stories from the start this was a fabulous book and kept me hooked till the end. Would love a follow up!
by Lucinda Barton
Nice book. Hilarious and enriching experience. The author illustrates the examples in a very creative way.
by Jo M
Jane Burner gives a fascinating insight into the rather nomadic life of a diplomat's wife. Not always glamorous, but always entertaining.. I hope that she gives us another instalment soon!