DC Confidential, by Christopher Meyer, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, €24.
The red socks should have been a dead giveaway. As her Brittanic majesty's ambassador in Washington in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, Christopher Meyer was naturally required to be the soul of discretion at all times.
His colourful choice of footwear, however, always suggested a man who was secretly desperate to cause a splash.
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