I write The Mango Road because I got tired of travel blogs and magazines that seem more interested in telling me about the ten or fifteen things I must buy/eat/do. I travel because I'm fascinated by the places I visit, their history, landscapes and the people I meet there.
Only one of the mines remains operational but the steam hauled railway which serves the small mining communities that grew up along its route is still running.
Despite the trappings of modern life around it, the island has remained steadfastly rural and is an oasis of peace just a short hop from the city.
Simon Winchester, struck by a sudden need to discover what was left of the British Empire, set out to visit the far-flung islands that are all that remain of what once made Britain great. He traveled 100,000 miles, from Antarctica to the Caribbean, 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.
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