The Patriotic Art: Random Recollections from a (mostly) Diplomatic Career by Martin Rickerd (Cirencester: Memoirs Publishing, 2012), £12.99.
Martin Rickerd considered accountancy, the Merchant Navy and journalism before joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a filing clerk. There followed 38 years of adventure and challenge in the diplomatic service, touching every continent except Antarctica. By the end of it all he had risen to the rank of Consul General in Atlanta, the senior resident British representative in an area of the southern USA three times the size of the UK. Despite all this responsibility Martin has never taken himself too seriously, as this book shows.