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  • Parting Shotsby Matthew Parris

    Penguin Books Ltd 2010; Not Available

    When leaving a foreign posting, Britain's ambassadors were encouraged to write a valedictory despatch until the practice was abolished in 2006. Unlike the usual style of the diplomatic bag, these last reports from foreign posts were unbuttoned, indiscreet and often very funny. There was much settling of scores, some poking fun of foreigners, a degree... more...

  • A Castle in Spainby Matthew Parris

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; Not Available

    'Stands apart... This Englishman's castle might have started as a dream, but it has ended up being an extraordinary reality' Sunday Times Walking in the Pyrenees one spring morning Matthew Parris stumbled upon a magnificent ruined mansion standing on the edge of a line of huge cliffs. Later he was to discover that parts of the house dated... more...

  • THE SPANISH AMBASSADOR'S SUITCASEby Matthew Parris

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; Not Available

    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... more...

  • Great Livesby Karen Farrington; Matthew Parris

    Ebury Publishing 2011; US$ 17.62

    Based on the popular Radio 4 series, Great Lives highlights some of the world's most fascinating and influential characters. Chosen by the show's guests, each biography reveals the life and times of artists, sportsmen, statesmen, authors, monarchs, actors, musicians and scientists, showing why they inspire, what they achieved and how they have... more...

  • Is That Mic Off?by Phil Mason; Matthew Parris

    Biteback Publishing 2012; US$ 16.03

    If you want to hear something stupid, just listen to the nearest politician. From the authors of Read My Lips and Mission Accomplished!, this completely new collection of politicians? gaffes, slips and brain freezes brings the verbal misstep into the present era of coalition government in Britain, the 2012 presidential election campaign in America... more...

  • Would They Lie to You?by Robert Hutton; Matthew Parris

    Elliott & Thompson 2015; US$ 8.99

    A very funny and piercing dissection of the words, phrases, lies, and fibs we hear every day How do you apologize when you're not sorry? Where can you make a fortune out of pretending to know the future? What's the best way to steal credit and avoid blame? These are the vital life skills that people need if they're going to make their way in... more...

  • Chance Witnessby Matthew Parris

    Penguin Books Ltd 2013; Not Available

    In this surprising and eccentric autobiography from a former Conservative MP, Matthew Parris writes of his personal and political life with equal candour. With a First from Cambridge and the possibility of working for the Foreign Office, he decided instead to apply to be an apprentice diesel-fitter with London Transport. He was rejected and so turned... more...

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