The Reluctant Imperialist
- About the Author
Tim writes vividly about his extraordinary life, his journey from the hard work and poverty of the coal mining towns around Nottingham to the beautiful islands of the Pacific, becoming an important figure, advising Ministers and Presidents in new Nations.
All the time, though mixing with and working for the establishment, he retains the perspective of egalitarian socialism that he learned before the war: a man who left school at fourteen to go straight to work mixing with public school, University educated people raised to rule people like him and his family.
He writes knowledgeably, critically and very readably of the British Colonial Military and Security services in, for example, Hong Kong prior to the takeover by China. Throughout his love of the places and peoples he lives among is conveyed by a humorous and lively descriptive style.
Tim Hardy was born in Nottingham in 1922 into a large and poor family of miners. He left school at fourteen, went to work, joined the Labour Party, educated himself and then fought in the Parachute Regiment during WW2. After the war he joined the Colonial Police and was sent to live alone in the jungle of Malaya during the Communist insurgency there ('40's - '50's).
Cover Type: Paperback
Page Count: 320
Year Published: 2009