Matthew Parris and Andrew Bryson bring together some of the funniest despatches from British Ambassadors abroad, in this sequel to their acclaimed Parting Shots. Based on a new BBC Radio 4 series, it features some classic stories, from the horse given to John Major by the authorities in Turkmenistan which got lost in the Russian rail system to the puzzling behaviour of the Spanish Ambassador in the Algerian desert. With an introduction by Matthew Parris, who began his career in the FO, the book shows our representatives in their best and worst lights - rude and sympathetic, clever and confused by turns - and throws a light on how we British have viewed the world ...and how the world has viewed us.
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.