Review by Michael Macoun
(Colonial Police 1938-1964,
Inspector-General of Colonial Police,
Overseas Police Adviser FCO 1965-1979)
This is an unusual and entertaining record of lifetime experiences, packed with amusing
anecdotes, culled from diaries. It covers childhood reminiscences through the
author's long and chequered career in Nigeria, covering 25 years (1929-54) in the public
services in the Administration, Army and Police, followed by a short stint as ADC to the
Governor of Jamaica, three years reorganising the Cayman Islands Division of the
Jamaica Police Force and finally in hotel management in Georgetown, Grand Cayman.
In addition, there is substantial coverage of vacations in the United States of America.
He retired finally to Spain in 1970.
The book contains excellent and very readable vignettes on the varied situations
encountered during his long service overseas as well as descriptive comments on his
many personal contacts over the years. Entertaining reading of 'Book at Bedtime' quality.