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.

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.