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Stiff Upper Lip

(1983)
A collection of stories by

 
 
In this boisterous story collection, mischief abounds in the quiet corners of the British Empire on which the sun never sets

As the overseer of the kitchen at the British embassy in Vulgaria, De Mandeville has begun to abuse his power. He subjects the King's guests to a blistering Madras curry, a French onion soup served without spoons, and a table so loaded with vegetation that the party can hardly see the food. But worst of all, he has begun to cook with garlic, that fragrant bulb so beloved by diplomats that it must be banned, lest foul breath cripple the Empire. De Mandeville is due for comeuppance, and no breath mint can save him now.

"If Garlic Be the Food of Love" is only the first story in this invaluable peek at life in British diplomatic circles. After the ninth, the reader will wonder not how the British Empire came apart, but how De Mandeville, Polk-Mowbray, and the King's other dips ever got it started in the first place.

Genre: General Fiction

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March 1976 : UK Paperback
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Title: Stiff Upper Lip
Author(s): Lawrence Durrell
ISBN: 0-571-06722-0 / 978-0-571-06722-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Faber & Faber
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