John O'Regan pursued a long career in the British Colonial Service. He served in Ceylon, Jamaica, Nigeria, Uganda and, finally, Iran. In this book he gives an account of the concerns of the Overseas Civil Service during the period spanning the end of the empire and the emergence of independent nation-states. He profiles figures such as Sir Andrew Caldicott and D.S. Senanavaka in Ceylon, Sir Hugh Foot, Sir Alexander Bustamente and Norman Manley in Jamaica, Alhaji Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa in Nigeria and more.
Family background and upbringing; Ceylon cadetships and the colonial service; Ceylon - the early years; private secretary; Kandy and Colombo; Nuwara Eliya; Trincomalee; Jamaica; Nigeria; Overseas Service for the new Commonwealth?; Uganda; Iran.