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THE SPANISH AMBASSADOR'S SUITCASE: Stories from the Diplomatic Bag
 
 

THE SPANISH AMBASSADOR'S SUITCASE: Stories from the Diplomatic Bag [Kindle Edition]

Matthew Parris
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The Spanish Ambassador's Suitcase is a hilarious new collection of diplomatic tales by Matthew Parris and Andrew Bryson



Heard the one about the Spanish Ambassador who arrived in the scorching Saharan desert fully suited and with a mysteriously enormous suitcase? Or the horse they gave Prime Minister John Major in Turkmenistan - which hapless embassy officials had to rescue from the clutches of the Moscow railway? These and other 'funnies', as they are known in Whitehall, are included in Matthew Parris' and and Adnrew Bryson's glorious new volume of not so diplomatic writing, which accompanies a new BBC Radio 4 series is a follow up to their acclaimed collection of ambassadors' final despatches, Parting Shots.



Drawn from Freedom of Information requests and previously overlooked Valedictories these startling despatches throw a revealing light on how the British have viewed the world - and, unwittingly perhaps, on how the world has viewed the British.



Praise for Parting Shots:



'Parting Shots is unbuttoned, indiscreet and very funny' Yorkshire Post



'Fascinating, if sometimes uncomfortable, reading' Financial Times



'Very funny' Guardian



After working in the Foreign Office then serving as a Conservative MP, Matthew Parris joined The Times in 1988. He writes two weekly columns for The Times and one for the Spectator, and in 2011 won the Best Columnist Award at the British Press awards. His acclaimed autobiography Chance Witness was published by Penguin in 2003. He is a frequent broadcaster.



Andrew Bryson is a radio journalist working in the BBC's Business and Economic Unit. He frequently works as a producer on Radio 4's Today programme and on Radio 5 Live.

About the Author

After working in the Foreign Office then serving as a Conservative MP, Matthew Parris joined The Times in 1988. He writes two weekly columns for The Times and one for the Spectator, and in 2011 won the Best Columnist Award at the British Press awards. His acclaimed autobiography Chance Witness was published by Penguin in 2003. He is a frequent broadcaster.

Andrew Bryson is a radio journalist working in the BBC's Business and Economic Unit. He frequently works as a producer on Radio 4's Today programme and on Radio 5 Live.

Together they wrote the highly successful Parting Shots, published by Viking in 2010.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for every sixth former 20 Nov 2012
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As much world history and geography as you will ever need, and a revealing insight intothe upper layers of British Life....and laugh.....
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 13 Jan 2013
By Nigel O
Format:Hardcover
I admire Matthew Parris's writing hugely; he has a rare insight into politics.

This book is just a collection of reports from British ambassadors. They are mildly amusing but don't tell us much we didn't already know. They certainly aren't hilarious. The title refers to a diplomatic junket abroad at which the Spanaish Ambassador lugged a heavy suitcase round with himn, and the contents were never seen. Maybe it contained his wife. Laugh? No.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An entertainig and compulsive read 9 Feb 2013
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This book gives a fascinatingly frank and often very amusing insight into how Her Majesty's ambassadors view the countries to which they are sent to represent the UK. I gave this book to several friends as a Christmas present and each reported back that those they were with on Christmas Day almost fought over the book as they all wanted to read it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 13 Dec 2012
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He is such a good author. Love his writing in the Times. This doesn't disappoint. Makes you wonder how the diplomatic service worked
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Do not read this book in a public place. As I have just found, it will produce solicitous inquiries for your welfare from people who do not know if you are laughing or crying. Laughing, definitely. For those who like the Jerome K Jerome style of straight faced, this is the way it happened, humour, this is a gold mine. Some wonderfully intelligent people write, in the format of an official report, killing humour. I was literally unable to stop laughing - many strange looks from passers by.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars OK read 1 April 2013
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Some humour, some boring bits, an insight to the FCO. Not sure I would recommend. Still, each to their own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A well chosen anthology 3 Feb 2013
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Matthew Parris can always be relied on to produce a readable, interesting slant on whatever topic he chooses to write about. This collection of Ambassadorial observation is no exception. As someone who was professionally involved with our Diplomatic Service in the past (and actually knew some of the people featured), I was fascinated, amused and sometimes frustrated that many of those included , had to be cut for obvious space reasons. Very enjoyable - and thought provoking too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A captivating read 27 Dec 2012
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Mathew Parris is a great writer with an easy turn of wit. In this book he relates the excellent research of his co-author Andrew Bryson who has spent many hours trawling though the diplomatic despatches of various Ambassadors first impressions on arrival at their foreign embassies.
An interesting and informative read. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
An amusing book
Published 23 hours ago by Mrcgstrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Bought as a present and really enjoyed it. Perfect book for a traveller!
Published 20 days ago by LadyG
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Reading
The pieces are a fascinating mix of insight and error, humour and prejudice and make very interesting reading. Highly recommended
Published 5 months ago by Odelew
4.0 out of 5 stars Eye Opening Comments
The comments by Matthew Parris were often more interesting than the actual letters written by the Ambassadors but the book some interesting insights to recent history.
Published 6 months ago by michael golding
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjojable Read
This book of which I have read 25% Is a factual account of GB Ambassadors to Countries all over the world of the British Empire until its decline I relatively recently. Read more
Published 7 months ago by John Adamson
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it and treasure it
Splendid use of English and wry humour, highly recommended - an ideal stocking filler and/or presentation volume. To be treasured
and not lent.
Martin Harriman
Published 7 months ago by M. Harriman
4.0 out of 5 stars good present for my brother in law
I gave this to my brother in law for Christmas, and apparently he really enjoyed reading it on a post-Christmas break to Dusseldorf, on the plane and while he was away. Read more
Published 7 months ago by V. Windle
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
The collection shows the diversity of diplomatic life, and also the literary talent possessed by many members of the Diplomatic Service. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Robin
5.0 out of 5 stars Colourful miscellany of diplo despatches
Following on from Parting Shots, this book widens the scope to cover all sorts of despatches sent by members of the FCO. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Maecenas13
3.0 out of 5 stars It Passes The Time
It is fun in parts and not so much fun in others. Matthew Parris is a funny guy, I like his writing a lot but, obviously, this is not written by him... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Andrew S
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