Amazing. By turns hilarious, heart-wrenching, jaw-dropping. There are also times I was outraged at what was expected of these women. Great use of primary sources. The chapter ‘Dangers‘ including the murder of the ambassador to Ireland was especially un-putdownable, when the author used her mother‘s diaries (she was the wife of another diplomat who worked with him). Only quibble is I‘d prefer the few quotes in French to have been translated.