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Lawrence Durrell

Imagine if P.G.Wodehouse was a diplomat: Durrell’s hilarious foreign office sketches are ‘sophisticated funny, but wonderful, and bonkers’ (Joanna Trollope)

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9780571288823
Date Published
15.04.2021
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Summary

Imagine if P.G.Wodehouse was a diplomat: Durrell’s hilarious foreign office sketches are ‘sophisticated funny, but wonderful, and bonkers’ (Joanna Trollope)

‘A rewarding cocktail based on two parts Wodehouse and one part Saki … So much fun.’ New York Times

‘Whatever wars there may be and whatever crises, there will still, please heaven, be the diplomatic corps, with its protocol and formalities and a field for humour which I have never seen better used than in these stories.’ John Betjeman

After a lifetime serving that most delightfully British of institutions, the Foreign Office, Antrobus can’t resist musing over old times in Vulgaria at his London club – or should that be cringing … His memories of farcical gaffes and comic diplomatic misadventures star a mad inventor, a tragic cavalry officer, foreign ambassadors, embassy bachelors, a mischievous chef plotting to bring down the empire with garlic …

Celebrated British novelist, travel writer, and member of the real-life family portrayed in The Durrells in Corfu, Lawrence Durrell experienced the absurdities of mid-century diplomacy firsthand. Lampooning English etiquette, empire, and eccentricity, his charming jeu d’esprit about the diplomatic corps is classic satire: but be warned: there’s a point where laughter can become painful …

‘Antrobus is a delight to listen to, and his stories are wonderfully funny.’ Atlantic
‘My goodness it is funny.’
The Daily Telegraph

Critic Reviews

Sophisticated funny, but wonderful, and bonkers.

Joanna Trollope
Critic Reviews

Whatever wars there may be and whatever crises, there will still, please heaven, be the diplomatic corps, with its protocol and formalities and a field for humour which I have never seen better used than in these stories.

John Betjeman
Critic Reviews

My goodness it is funny.

Daily Telegraph
Critic Reviews

A rewarding cocktail based on two parts Wodehouse and one part Saki ... So much fun.

New York Times
Critic Reviews

Antrobus is a delight to listen to, and his stories are wonderfully funny.

Atlantic
LawrenceDurrell

Lawrence Durrell was a British novelist, poet, dramatist, and travel writer. Born in 1912 in India to British colonial parents, he was sent to school in England and later moved to Corfu with his family – a period which his brother Gerald fictionalised in My Family and Other Animals – later filmed as The Durrells in Corfu – and which…

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