Outposts Author:Simon Winchester Simon Winchester, struck by a sudden need to discover exactly what was left of the British Empire, set out across the globe to visit the far-flung islands that are all that remain of what once made Britain great. He traveled 100,000 miles back and forth, from Antarctica to the Caribbean, from the Mediterranean to the Far East, to capture a last ... more »glint of imperial glory. His adventures in these distant and forgotten ends of the earth make compelling, often funny reading and tell a story most of us had thought was over: a tale of the last outposts in Britain's imperial career and those who keep the flag flying. With a new introduction, this updated edition tells us what has happened to these extraordinary places while the author's been away.« less
Chapters from his book read by the author. He traveled to the last remaining parts of the British Empire to find out if the people on these remote islands really felt British and how well (or not) the government of Britain administers these outposts. Combines travel journal style writing, history and geography, and some social/political comments as well. Easy to follow. Some details may be dated (written in the 1980s) but I learnt a lot about how far the rule of the Brits still extends across the globe.