Buy Used
£2.80
Used: Good | Details
Sold by Tree Savers
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: A used book that is in good, clean condition. Your item will be picked, packed and posted FREE to you within the UK by Amazon, also eligible for super saver delivery.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Spanish Ambassador's Suitcase: Stories from the Diplomatic Bag Hardcover – 4 Oct 2012

4.1 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Hardcover
"Please retry"
£24.90 £0.01

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.




Product details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (4 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670921033
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670921034
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 3.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

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.


Inside This Book

(Learn More)
Browse and search another edition of this book.
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Index | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As much world history and geography as you will ever need, and a revealing insight intothe upper layers of British Life....and laugh.....
Comment 12 of 12 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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.
Comment 4 of 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
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.
Comment 3 of 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
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.
Comment 2 of 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
He is such a good author. Love his writing in the Times. This doesn't disappoint. Makes you wonder how the diplomatic service worked
Comment 3 of 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
painlessly educational, well introduced despatches as it says from the foreign office on assignment, wonderfully frank, full of insight, and a real history lesson. For anyone who is well travelled, it will also bring back memories of all sorts of countries and cultures, and for those more desk bound, intriguing. Superbly written too. The digital edition however is flawed; the footnotes are at the back and therefore almost impossible to use, no pagination, and photographs also at the back. bring back the book......
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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.
Andrew Parris uses his personal stories along with stored Archive from The Fforeign Office
The result is a series of despatch s sent by Ambassadors which are interesting. amusing and a little bizarre.
Ita a good read so far
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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...some of Her Majesty's servants are more entertaining than others - particularly the missive regarding the Turk Mustapha...
Anyhoo, it is perfect to kill a few minutes here and there just don't expect to learn too much about UK foreign policy.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Look for similar items by category


Feedback