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The Spanish Ambassador's Suitcase: Stories from the Diplomatic Bag Paperback – 4 Jul 2013

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (4 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241957087
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241957080
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 40 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'We have been, and should remain, in bed with the French. There are only two things you can conveniently do in bed. We have tried sleeping and it is time for the other ...' HM Resident Commissioner, New Hebrides, 1974

Following their acclaimed Parting Shots, Matthew Parris and Andrew Bryson bring together further sharp-eyed, thoughtful and often hilarious despatches from British Ambassadors abroad. Packed with curious and revealing stories (some once thought to be urban myths), including the horse given by the Turkmenistan authorities to John Major which had to be rescued from a Moscow railway and the Spanish Ambassador's odd behaviour in the Algerian desert, this book also contains fascinating glimpses and insights into diplomatic - and undiplomatic - affairs. Showing our representatives abroad at their best and sometimes worst - whether rude or sympathetic, clever or confused - it shines a light on how we British have seen the world ... and how the world has too often seen us.

'Enjoyable' Independent on Sunday

'Marvellous and revealing. These despatches catch a moment just before Whitehall spin doctors took control of communications and when ambassadors abroad lost their autonomy' Evening Standard

About the Author

Matthew Parris worked for the Foreign Office before serving as an MP. He now writes as a columnist for The Times and the Spectator, and in 2011 won the Best Columnist award at the British Press Awards. His acclaimed biography Chance Witness was published in Penguin in 2003. Andrew Bryson is a radio journalist working in the BBC's Business and Economics Unit. He frequently produces Radio 4's Today programme and also programmes for Radio 5 Live. Their first volume of diplomats' despatches, Parting Shots, is published by Penguin.

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