Presentation of HM Ambassador Paul Brummell’s Book

Thursday, September 29, 2022 - 17:30

It is our great pleasure to extend the British Ambassador Mr Paul Brummell and Mrs Adriana Ivama Brummell’s invitation to a talk based on Paul’s recent book “Diplomatic Gifts: A History in Fifty Presents”.

This will be a Members Only event hosted by The Ambassador at the British Ambassador’s Residence. It will be an opportunity to hear about the book from the author and ask your questions. A bit of mix&mingle with refreshments will follow the presentation.

More about “Diplomatic Gifts: A History in Fifty Presents”: gifts have been part of international relations since ancient times. They can serve as tokens of friendship, apology or authority; as taunts, bribes, boasts or tricks. Exploring fifty diplomatic gifts given through the ages, Mr Brummell explains the great complexity of this political art – an exercise in brand-building for the giver, via an item that must suit the recipient’s own interests and character. From the Trojan Horse to Cleopatra’s Needle to the Statue of Liberty, this rich history offers a new take on both the curious detail and the grand spectacle of global politics.

‘We’ve all wrestled with the problem of what to give someone who has everything. In this book, my dear friend Paul illustrates how diplomatic gifts are intended to send subtle or sometimes not-so-subtle messages of power, friendship and, of course, diplomacy. A wonderful gift to all who enjoy exploring history, presented in a highly entertaining and informative way.’ — Baroness Floella Benjamin, actress, writer, presenter, and Chair of the Windrush Commemoration Committee

‘A gem of a book. Easy reading. Witty. A brilliantly told collection of fifty short stories that together reveal the complex history of global diplomacy.’ — Stevie Spring, CBE, Chairman, British Council

Date & Time: Thursday, 29 September 2022, arrival from 17:30, start of presentation at 18:00
Venue: British Ambassador’s Residence, British Embassy, Jura Alunāna iela 5, Rīga
Admission: Complimentary (BritCham Members Only). Please note that places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
Registration: Registration has been closed, for enquiries call (+371) 25 45 6000