Waterloo Sunset

Fascinating and thought-provoking. Spanning the years from school in the south of England, through his time as an undergraduate at Glasgow University with well-known political contemporaries such as Donald Dewar, “Ming” Campbell and John Smith, Howard Fisher takes us through his time at Whitehall where he gives us his personal insights into what makes civil…


Genre: British history, Librario, Non-fiction, Politics, Scottish history
Subjects: civil service, Donald Dewar, government, John Smith, Menzies Campbell, New Labour, Thatcher

The Last District Officer

Colonial District Officers were gazetted, warranted as Magistrates and Justices of the Peace, then posted to administer remote districts, sometimes the size of Wales, of which hardly anyone had heard. John Pitchford, possibly the last district officer, has written a historical and philosophical autobiography of rare variety. His gung-ho stories of lobotomised hippos, of cockroaches…


Genre: British history, Justice, Librario, Non-fiction, Politics
Subjects: atolls, British Colonial Service, British colonies, Central Africa, Central Pacific, colonial administration, Colonial district officer, Justice of the Peace, magistrates

Last Boat For Africa

John Miller was one of the last four young administrative officers to be sent to Africa. In the twilight of The British Empire. He arrived in Swaziland in 1962 to take up a position in the British Colonial Service. For the next three years, his life was nothing if not varied as the Administration worked…


Genre: Africa, African history, Librario, Non-fiction, Politics
Subjects: animal conservation, British Colonial Service, British colonies, British Empire, independence, Sobhuza II, Swaziland, witchcraft

An Island In The Autumn: How The Gilbert And Ellice Islands Gained Independence

In 1970, after serving nearly twenty years in Nigeria, John Smith returned to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office ready for a fresh assignment as a Commomwealth administrator. The ‘powers that be’ assured him that they would find him ‘an island in the autumn’. The posting turned out to be that of Financial Secretary of the…


Genre: Librario, Modern History, Non-fiction, Politics, World history
Subjects: British colonies, Commonwealth, FCO, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Gilbert and Ellice Islands, independence, Nigeria, Soloman Islands

The Plundered Forests

John Blower’s fourth book of his autobiography describes his time spent in the 1970s in South-East Asia working on a UN funded project to save the endangered forests and wildlife. The Indonesian Archipelago, the World’s largest group of islands, was subject to a political change which as history has shown drastically affected the survival of…


Genre: Conservation, Ecology, Librario, Non-fiction, Politics
Subjects: Asia, Burma, forest, Indonesia, trees, United Nations, wildlife

Death On Small Wings: Memoirs Of A Presidential Pilot

With a foreword by John Simpson CBE. In 1972 Neville Atkinson left a career as a night fighter pilot in the Royal Navy to take up a position as personal pilot to The President of Libya, Col Gadaffi. During the next ten years his role was to fly The President, Government Ministers and many world…


Genre: History, Librario, Middle East, Non-fiction, Politics
Subjects: Africa, Algiers, Carlos, flying, Gadaffi, Israel, Jackal, John Simpson, Libya, Middle East, Mogadishu, OPEC, Somalia