About this book
An anthology of the best final reports of our Ambassadors serving abroad, based on the 2 successful BBC Radio 4 series presented by Parris. Hugely entertaining, and highly humorous, these 'parting shots' were the retiring Ambassadors' opportunity to offer a personal and frank view of the host country, its people, their institutions, the state of their cooking and their drains. They also let rip at the Foreign Office itself.
Combining gems from the archives with despatches obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, this title is a treasure trove of wit, venom and serious analysis. It sheds light on Britain's place in the world, and reveal the curious cocktail of privilege and privation which make up the life of an ambassador.