Hong Kong was one of the last outposts of Empire, remaining a Crown Colony until handover to the Chinese in 1997. In this engaging and amusing memoir, Denys Roberts chronicles his time there from his arrival in 1962 as Solicitor General to his rise to the office of Chief Justice, a post that he held until his retirement in 1988. With characteristic style and wit, he tells of the trials of arranging reluctant judges for the Armistice Parade, the demonstrations in support of the regime in China whilst he was Attorney-General, and his constant surprise at being promoted up through the ranks. He attributes his progression to the fact that, as soon as he was able to deal with the lesser problems of an office, he was removed to another office where he faced new problems with which he was not trained to deal. But more than this, Roberts paints a picture of the unique social life in Hong Kong - a merger between British officials and local business and commercial communities - and gives a very sharp and detailed picture of the nature and structure of classic Crown Colony government and administration. Another Disaster is an entertaining account of life in one of the last chapters of imperial history.
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