A Beat Around the Bush

ISBN 1-873203-94-2
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by Alastair Tompkins
Experiences of a British officer in the Kenya Police during the 1950s and 60s

Bored with his life in dreary postwar England, 20-year-old Alastair Tompkins applies for a job with the Foreign Office and is offered a post as a district police officer in Kenya.

He accepts, and thus begins a new chapter in his life…

Having no previous experience of either foreign travel or police work, his new job proves something of a revelation and in the early chapters his readers are invited to share his sense of wonder and bewilderment at the unfamiliar environment in which he finds himself.

Later they will accompany him on a variety of escapades reflecting the bizarre situations and colourful characters that his duties as a colonial police officer frequently expose him to.

An enjoyable and good-humoured book that vividly evokes the latter days of the British Colonial era in Africa.

details softback | 140 x 205 mm | 300 pages | many photos