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


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  • 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 By kit douglas on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Diana Hughes on 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 By Dick Stroud on 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 By Alec Cawley on 18 Oct 2013
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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 By Graeme Grady on 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 By K. Catleugh on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rodge Slape on 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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nigel O on 13 Jan 2013
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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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