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Matthew Parris was born in Africa and grew up in Cyprus, Rhodesia, Jamaica and Britain. He worked for the Foreign Office and Margaret Thatcher before becoming an MP in 1979. After serving in parliament for seven years (he claims as his only success the abolition of imprisonment for prostitutes) he quit to present LWT’s ‘Weekend World’.

For thirteen years The Times’s parliamentary sketchwriter and a regular travel writer, reviewer, broadcaster and Spectator columnist, and has won Best Political Journalist at the British Press Awards 2015. He is the author of several books, including the longstanding travel-book success, Inca Kola, his autobiography Chance Witness and the bestselling The Spanish Ambassador’s Suitcase. He lives in London and Derbyshire.

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Featured Books, with extracts, by Matthew Parris

Scorn The Wittiest and Wickedest Insults in Human History by Matthew Parris
Scorn The Wittiest and Wickedest Insults in Human History
Matthew Parris
A completely updated trawl through tongue scorching invective from the ancient world to yesterday (almost). As well as being breathtakingly rude so many of the comments are outrageously funny although anyone on the receiving end of such rudeness can only...
Format: Hardback - Released: 10/11/2016
Parting Shots by Matthew Parris
Parting Shots
Matthew Parris
Sadly, the tradition of Ambassadors firing off one last missive as they leave their posts is now finished – and reading some of the letters published here, you can see why. Putting the Freedom of Information act to full use,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/06/2011
Parting Shots by Matthew Parris
Parting Shots
Matthew Parris
Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 3 February 2011. Sadly, the tradition of Ambassadors firing off one last missive as they leave their posts is now finished – and reading some of the letters published here, you...
Format: Hardback - Released: 07/10/2010

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