Running the Show

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Penguin, 2012 - Governors - 352 pages
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Stephanie Williams's Running the Show is a brilliant look at the men and women of Empire. 'May God forgive us for our sorry deeds and for our glorious intentions' Who were the men governing the Empire in the nineteenth century? How were they chosen and controlled? Were they sane or mad? And why did they do it? From Fiji to the Falkland Islands, from Malaysia to Australia and South Africa, from Lagos to Ottawa, ordinary British men and women, with no training, were dispatched to strange places, among strange people and faced unimaginable conditions. Some started wars. Others fought disease, injustice and slavery. Many died or went mad. Running the Show, drawing on vast unpublished sources, reveals the day-today lives, griefs and triumphs of governors at the height of the British Empire as they struggled to make sense of their charges and, frequently, themselves. 'An amusing and lively book, stuffed full of anecdotes and interesting titbits' Amanda Foreman, New Statesman Stephanie Williams was born in Canada, the daughter of an army officer. Her mother was born in China, to an Englishman and a young Russian refugee who had escaped the brutality of the Bolshevik revolution. Stephanie grew up moving constantly across Canada, Europe and the United States, before taking a degree in history at Wellesley College, Massachusetts and becoming a London-based journalist. When perestroika came to Russia it was possible to begin to investigate the truth of her Russian grandmother's tumultuous past. Researching and writing Olga's Story took ten years.

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I wrote 'No second chances' following the untimely death of my brother. Approaching sixty fast and having done nothing much with my life I wanted excitement and to travel more before my arthritis made it impossible to do anything about it. I did not want to look back and have regrets like my brother who was too ill to go on our planned trip to see the Grand canyon and Hoover Dam, so after his death I did something about it. My son has lived in Florida for over fifteen years, so on one of my visits I embarked on an adventure. I persuaded my son to go sky diving, zip lining, and white water rafting, and had there been anywhere to go bungee jumping I would of done that as well! My previous book ' I was 9 in 63' was written specifically for my grandchildren who were born in Florida, as I am British I wanted to write a book to show them how I grew up in the 'sixties' how we made our own fun and the freedom we had. I published the book on Createspace to have it in book form for them to have a keepsake when I am pushing up daisy's and hopefully sell a few too! I live in Wales, a beautiful area of Britain where I run a small caravan site on a farm in Pembrokeshire. We have cattle, sheep and three working dogs, so, I had the idea to write a children's book through the eyes of a dog called 'Tip and farmer ted' about three working dogs and their lives on the farm and their adventures. I have enjoyed writing and hopefully I shall write some more one day but for the moment I am just glad to have my books in print and know they will be around a long time after I have gone.

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