Nine Lives: Episodes in an Australian Foreign Service Career
Connor Court Books on Australia’s International Relations
Foreword by The Honourable Justice T. M. Thawley, Federal Court of Australia
Paperback, 200 pages
Expected at the end of May 2019
Retail Price $34.95
In the decades following the Second World War Australia fostered
close relations with many nations, most newly independent, throughout
the world, especially in Asia, the Pacific, the Middle East and Africa.
Richard Gate, a member of Australia's fledgling diplomatic service from
the late 1950s, had postings in Korea, Nauru, Israel, Kenya (with
accreditation also to Ethiopia and Uganda), Burma, Jordan and
Bangladesh, as well as Italy and New Zealand.
In the elegant essays which compose this volume, he recalls his
sojourns in each of these countries, illuminating both the professional
life of a diplomat and the benefits as well as the burdens of foreign