A Postman's Knock A Colonial Postmaster-General's Reminiscences, ,by Alan Workman (Grayson and Grayson, 8s. 6d.)
Reviewed by DOUGLAS V. DUFF.
The most distressing thing about this very excellent book of autobiography is its title. I am afraid that its cumbersomeness will prevent many people from reading a story that would serve to give a quiet relish to many an hour in a deep arm-chair. Here, very simply, yet very tellingly, is told the life of a Catholic colonial official who rose to the highest rank in his service, a story recounted with no faintest trace of conceit or mock modesty, but if anyone should really wish to know the romance which lies behind the work of the prosaic Colonial Postal services, he can do no better than to forget the unfortunate title, and to read this book of Mr. Workman's.
North and South Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Trinidad and the West Indies are shown in a light that one seldom encounters, and are all the more vital and interesting for this fresh and novel viewpoint. One amusing little story concerns a typical " hardcase " Major of the W.A.F.F.
"It teas alleged that H was of ten on the sick-list, and when convalescing, his friends judged the state of his health by the literature he was reading. When Ile turned to the ' Tablet,' heads were gloomily shaken, hut. when the ' Pink 'Uri' was being read, then people knew that he was practically well again."
A book extremely easy to read and recommended for a few hours of quiet enjoyment.