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

A Two-Year Wonder: The Kenya Police 1953-1955

Following the Mau Mau uprising in Kenya, a State of Emergency was declared in September 1953. Twelve hundred police officers, mainly from Britain, were appointed on two-year contracts as assistant inspectors then inspectors in an effort to bring stability to the colony. The Security Forces were portrayed in an unfavourable light in Britain, this fascinating…


Genre: African history, Librario, Modern History, Non-fiction, World history
Subjects: Africa, British colonies, Kenya, Mau Mau

A Sacred Cause: The Inter-Congolese Dialogue 2000-2003

In March 2000, Philip Winter was approached to act as Chef de Cabinet to the ex-President of Botswana, Sir Ketumile ‘Quett’ Masire, who had been selected to chair and facilitate the talks to which three main warring parties in the Democratic Republic of the Congo had agreed in the Lusaka Ceasefire Agreement in 1999. The…


Genre: African history, History, Librario, Modern History, Non-fiction, World history
Subjects: Botswana, conflict resolution, Congo, diplomacy, DRC, Lusaka, Sun City

The Last Colonial Regiment: The History of the Kenya Regiment (T.F.)

The Kenya Regiment was the last of a long line of British colonial militias. The book describes its evolution and short life, starting in 1937 and ending in 1963. In the Second World War, the regiment did not enter the field as a unit but provided Officers and NCOs for the far larger King’s African…


Genre: Librario, Military History, Non-fiction, World history
Subjects: British colonies, KAR, Kenya, Kenya Regiment, Mau Mau, World War II

Scorpion On The Ceiling: A Scottish Colonial Family in South East Asia

SALTIRE AWARD NOMINATED Charles Martine arrived in Singapore in 1922 to work for the Borneo Company, one of the great UK-financed merchant venture companies of South East Asia. It was a golden era, with Singapore becoming one of the most successful multi-racial co-operatives that have ever been known. Later on, Charles and his wife Pat…


Genre: History, Librario, Military History, Non-fiction, World history
Subjects: Borneo Company, Changi Gaol, Double Tenth, Java, Pearl Harbour, Penang, Sarawak, Singapore, South East Asia, Vyner Brooke, White Rajahs, World War II

Frogs In The Well

Leslie Mallam was born in 1895 and served both within the British and Indian armies. But it was his expertise as an administrator in the Indian Political  Service for which he is remembered today. Leslie Mallam served in the 28th Punjabis in Waziristan, the 2nd Bengal Lancers and fought with the 27th Light Cavalry during…


Genre: Biography, History, Librario, Non-fiction, World history
Subjects: 27th Light Cavalry, Bengal Lancers, Deacon of Eckington, Diocese of Worcester, Frontier Province, Humayan Khan, India, Indian Political Service, Leslie Mallam, North West Frontier, Pakistan, Partition, Pathan, Punjab, Waziristan

25 Chapters Of My Life; The Memoirs of Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna – The Last Grand Duchess of Russia

This link to the BooksFromScotland.com website (run by Publishing Scotland) will take you to an extract from the book. It is an account of how the Grand Duchess fled with her family at the outbreak of the February Revolution in 1917.   The Grand Duchess Olga wrote her memoirs as a personal account of the…


Genre: Autobiography, Biography, History, Librario, Non-fiction, World history
Subjects: Alexander III, Imperial Russia, Nicholas II, Romanov, Russia, Russian history, Russian Revolution, Soviet Union, USSR, World War I

Terror Below The Wind: A Soldier’s Story; Borneo 1961 – 1964

This gripping book tells the story of a group of soldiers of The Queen’s Own Highlanders and their adventures during service in the Far East in the 1960s. During operations in Borneo and Malaya they were engaged in long border patrols and in anti-piracy patrols aimed at curbing their activities in the South China Sea.…


Genre: Faction, History, Librario, Military History, World history
Subjects: 1960s, Borneo, Brunei, Far East, Japan, Malaya, Queen’s Own Highlanders, Singapore, World War II