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 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