The last colony

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After the Second World War, new international rules heralded an age of human rights and self-determination. Supported by Britain, these unprecedented changes sought to end the scourge of colonialism. But how committed was Britain? In the 1960s, its colonial instinct ignited once more: a secret decision was taken to offer the US a base at Diego Garcia, one of the islands of the Chagos Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, create a new colony (the ‘British Indian Ocean Territory’) and deport the entire local population. One of those inhabitants was Liseby Elysé, twenty years old, newly married, expecting her first child. One suitcase, no pets, the British ordered, expelling her from the only home she had ever known. For four decades the government of Mauritius fought for the return of Chagos, and the past decade Philippe Sands has been intimately involved in the cases.

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FROM THE WINNER OF THE BAILIE GIFFORD PRIZE

THE INSTANT SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER

‘Should be read by anyone who cares about justice, humanity and human rights’ Elif Shafak
‘An essential account’ Sunday Times
‘Powerful and persuasive . . . superb’ Abdulrazak Gurnah
‘An urgent reminder that Britain’s colonial rule isn’t our past. It’s our present’ New Statesman
‘An important [book]’ Observer
‘Elegant, moving and profoundly informative’ The Scotsman

Through one woman’s fight for justice, the award-winning author of East West Street exposes the shocking events that marked the 1965 establishment of the British Indian Ocean Territory. Written with Sands’ characteristic expertise, insight and thrilling storytelling, The Last Colony lays bare the brutal legacy of colonial rule, the devastating impact of Britain’s grip on its last colony in Africa and the ongoing struggle to right a historic wrong.

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Weight 0.2 kg
Dimensions 19.6 × 12.8 × 2.2 cm
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