Parting Shots

Parting Shots

Paperback (02 Jun 2011)

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Synopsis

Matthew Parris's Parting Shots is a treasure trove of wit, venom and serious analysis.

Up till 2006 a British Ambassador leaving his post was encouraged to write what was known as a valedictory despatch, to be circulated to a small number of influential people in government. This was the parting shot, an opportunity to offer a personal and frank view of the host country, the manners and morals of its people, their institutions, the state of their cooking and their drains. But it was also a chance to let rip at the Foreign Office itself and to look back on a career spent in the service of a sometimes ungrateful nation.

Combining gems from the archives with more recent despatches obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, Parting Shots sheds light on Britain's place in the world, revealing the curious cocktail of privilege and privation that makes up the life of an ambassador.

'Wonderful ... a glimpse of that lost world of private eloquence and erudite candour' Matthew d'Ancona, Evening Standard

'Unbuttoned, indiscreet and very funny' Yorkshire Post

Matthew Parris had a short career in the Foreign Office where one of his tasks was to distribute incoming valedictory despatches. He was a Conservative MP from 1979 to 1986, since when he has worked as a journalist. He is the author of A Castle in Spain, Parting Shots, and A Spanish Ambassador's Suitcase. He divides his time between Derbyshire (where his old constituency was situated) and east London.

Book information

ISBN: 9780670919291
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Books
Pub date:
DEWEY: 327.2092241
DEWEY edition: 22
Language: English
Number of pages: 386
Weight: 284g
Height: 131mm
Width: 198mm
Spine width: 27mm