Acquired via BookCrossing 02 Jan 2010 – BC Birmingham meetup

A history, told through primary sources of letters, diaries and later personal experience and conversation, of the accessories to British diplomats and ambassadors from the 1680s to the present day.  Ever so well done – it takes themes for the chapters then ranges across the material for examples, so you get people’s experiences of arriving in the same posting, 100 years apart.  Hickman was a diplomat’s daughter herself and so the book is lightly informed with her experiences, but not soaked in them – I think it does also provide an understanding and sympathy which comes through throughout the book.

Good illustrations and an intelligent read that is also unputdownable.