FOOTFALLS ECHO IN THE MEMORY


FOOTFALLS ECHO IN THE MEMORY

VERNER BICKLEY    Book Number: 83826    Product format: Hardback

Educated in Wales and London, Verner Bickley has lived in Asian and Pacific countries for over 50 years and in his engrossing memoirs he retraces his steps as a 19 year old naval officer in pre-independent Sri Lanka and India, completing his university education in Cardiff, and then serving in the Colonial Education Service in Singapore and later, as a British Council Officer in post-independent Burma, Indonesia and Japan. He saw Singapore during the tumultuous 1950s at the time of the Malayan 'Emergency' and in the lead up to independence in 1957, which he announced on Radio Malaya. He was posted to Burma during the premiership of U Nu who was struggling with ethnic problems and later ousted by military coup. During his time in Indonesia, the new British Embassy was burnt to the ground by a mob. Surprising viewpoints emerge about Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon, the training of the young Prince Charles and other well-publicised persons. At the other end of his spectrum, the reader is reminded of both popular and the high cultures of the various countries where the writer has lived. He has met Jazz musicians, impresarios, publishers, authors, linguists and educationists and tells us of strikes and insurgents, demagogues and prime ministers, princes and emperors, businessmen, watermen, and geisha girls. At each step he is a teacher, broadcaster, and cultural diplomat in a life often enlivened by song and dance. In 1946 he was there at the mutiny of the Royal Indian Navy against the British and in Burma at the beginning of the 1960s; he wonders if the late General Aung San really was the hero he was made out to be. His later service was in Japan, emerging as an economic powerhouse. 314pp, illus.
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