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by Andrew Bryson,Matthew Parris

eBook Parting Shots download ISBN: 0670919292
Author: Andrew Bryson,Matthew Parris
Publisher: Viking (August 23, 2011)
Language: English
Pages: 224
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Category: Humour
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Matthew Parris's Parting Shots is a treasure trove of wit, venom and serious analysis. Matthew Parris had a short career in the Foreign Office where one of his tasks was to distribute incoming valedictory despatches

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. 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.

Andrew Bryson is a radio journalist working on the BBC's Business News Unit. He set about making Parting Shots for Radio 4 after reading a column about valedictory despatches by Matthew Parris in The Times. Matthew Parris is a columnist for The Times for whom he was previously a parliamentary sketchwriter. He was a Conservative MP from 1979 until 1986, and once worked for the Foreign Office.

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Parting Shots, in which such hitherto confidential salvoes have been sampled to perfection . BBC Radio 4, seizing the opportunity, ran a series based on this book, drawing from a broad range of suddenly public missives.

Parting Shots, in which such hitherto confidential salvoes have been sampled to perfection ( The Spanish Ambassador’s Suitcase being another, of which more anon), is an outstanding collection of these frank, witty, and perceptive ambassadorial vents, in which bemused humour blends seamlessly with raw truth. Until the dreaded Trump came along, undiplomatic diplomacy was a rara avis in the corridors of power. So, too, was political incorrectness beyond ambassadorial bedrooms

Parting Shots MATTHEW PARRIS AND ANDREW BRYSON VIKING an imprint of PENGUIN BOOKS VIKING Published by the Penguin Group Penguin Books Ltd, 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL

Parting Shots MATTHEW PARRIS AND ANDREW BRYSON VIKING an imprint of PENGUIN BOOKS VIKING Published by the Penguin Group Penguin Books Ltd, 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL . an imprint of. Penguin books. Published by the Penguin Group.

Matthew Parris, Andrew Bryson. 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 of moaning about the privations of Embassy life - and sometimes a bit of serious analysis too.

Bryson visits Kenya at the invitation of CARE International, the charity dedicated to eradicating poverty. Kenya is a land of contrasts, with famous game reserves and a vibrant culture. It also provides plenty to worry a traveller like Bill Bryson, fixated as he is on the dangers posed by snakes, insects and large predators.

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Matthew Parris's Parting Shots is a treasure trove of wit, venom and. Bryson regrets tha. t may well be that the sort of entertaining indiscretion and refreshing honesty contained in some of these despatches is now going to disappear (. 79). That reeks of well, if I hadn’t made an FOI request, then somebody else would have. Interesting too, to consider the difficulties of ensuring that standard criteria are applied to FOI requests received, before document release.

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.
Comments: (6)
Quttaro
If you like your history to be real and full of personal accounts from the ambassadorial "shop floor" then this book is a must-read.
Witty, insightful and sometimes quite surprising.
You will not be disappointed!
OTANO
This collection of valedictory dispatches by British Ambassadors shows their wit and quality of mind. They have stood up to hindsight remarkably well. Pity that the institution decided to put a stop to the practice-- a sogn of declining self confidence?
Rolorel
Lots of humour, lots of memories of past events. I recommend,
Swiang
great always satisfied
Keth
This collection is funny, poignant and thought provoking. All the better for being pre-management speak, pre-PC and written by people who knew how write properly.

It is a pity the custom has been ended because it is unlikely that future generations will be able to see and gain insights from the past as we can through these essays.
Waiso
This is a quirky book that deals with the last messages British ambassadors deliver when the leave thier post and
are free to speak thier minds on thee countries they had been posted to.
Access to the dispatches(which have been delivered for centuries untill 2006 when they were stopped) was gained by the authors via the Freedom of Information Act.
Cfapter 1 deals with countries from all 4 quarters of the world while following chapters cover specific topics such as- settling old scores,friendly fire, Arabs,and privelages and privations.
An excellent book that tells it like it is.