Review: Holy See, Unholy Me: 1000 Days in Rome

Holy See, Unholy Me. 1000 Days in Rome by Tim Fischer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book thoroughly.

The former (first residential) Australian Ambassador to the Holy See, Tim Fischer, provides an easily accessed and thoroughly entertaining book about his time in that diplomatic role. In doing so he provides some valuable insights into the nature of diplomacy, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the machinations of the Holy See (or the Vatican) in the daily cut and thrust of being a small but significant player in world diplomacy.

Rather than being a simple diary – which would not have been enjoyable – Fischer breaks his book up into natural segments surrounding particular issues, and each of these chapters is written in a warm and friendly – dare I say Australian – style that focuses more on the narrative than on facts and figures, yet readily conveys the importance facts and figures in the guise of a ‘good yarn’.

Thoroughly recommended!

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