In the Foreword, the author rightly states that "in these days of
so-called 'political correctness', the term 'colonial' has taken on
connotations of oppression and even racism". The many stories contained
in this book will clearly illustrate that the rule of law during these
difficult times was applied and upheld irrespective of race, colour or
creed. Sadly the same cannot now be said of several former African
As a raconteur, the author succeeds in entertaining and
informing the reader. His recollections of his Police service are
described modestly, humorously and in an easy-to-read style. It was
because of a promise made to his terminally ill cousin, who always
enjoyed and never tired of his stories, that the book was written. I
thought the tribute to his wife, Pauline, for her dedication to his
effort was particularly fitting. Sadly, this is often overlooked.
was home to a multi-ethnic population boasting the most spectacular
scenery and wildlife. The author does justice to Police work that was
varied, dangerous and ever challenging and his activities in combating
the Mau Mau insurrection makes compelling reading. Most of the book is
taken up with accounts of the many extraordinary situations he and his
former colleagues found themselves in, and these are presented with
enthusiasm, wit, interest and with very little self-indulgence.
read many books on colonial service, and this is one to be recommended.
It may not be remarkable but it is entertaining; a very good read, full
of insights and vivid memories that will raise many a laugh, as it did
The author has managed to write an eminently readable book. It
is enjoyable and absorbing; a book to savour and difficult to put down.