Favourite Book(s) #12 – The Last Pink Bits by Harry Ritchie

This is an interesting book and personally one that I find reflective and at times I am actually ashamed to be British.  The British Empire, one in which the sun never set had so many possibilities and yet we seemed to get it so very wrong in places.

Ritchie’s task with this book was to set out and explore the some of the locations, he restricted himself to only inhabited territories, deeming Pitcairn Island as being too inaccessible, and limiting himself to only one of the Caribbean territories, he sets out on a grand tour of Bermuda, Ascension Island, The Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, The Turks and Caicos Islands, Tristan da Cunha, and St. Helena.

Written in a chatty style I found that I was wanting more and yet that does not detract from what the book offers to readers. Isn’t that the point of reading, that we read, understand, reflect and read more and expand our knowledge. Sure he could have visited any number of places within the scope of Empire and perhaps the intention was to produce another book in a series. As far as I am aware, he did not.

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