Outposts: Journeys to the Surviving Relics of the British Empire

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Outposts, Journeys to the surviving relics of the British Empire
Author Simon Winchester
Country England
Language English
Genre Travel literature
Publisher Penguin (UK)
Publication date
1985
Media type Print
Pages 362 pp (second edition, paperback)
ISBN 0-14-101189-0
OCLC 56458990

Outposts, Journeys to the surviving relics of the British Empire (ISBN 0141011890) is a book by Simon Winchester. It details his travels to each of the remaining dependencies of the British Empire and was first published in 1985 under the title The Sun Never Sets: Travels to the Remaining Outposts of the British Empire. It was reprinted in 2003 with a new foreword written to address the changing political climate and attitudes in relation to the British Empire, most importantly concerning the handover of Hong Kong to China and, more generally, the rise of globalism.

The book takes on an elegiac tone as Winchester searches hopefully for remnants of imperial order, and as such marks a distinct period during Margaret Thatcher's government when a resurgence of British patriotism was mismatched to its still-diminishing former empire. This is particularly evident in his chapter on the Falkland Islands, which Britain had just defended from an Argentine invasion in 1982.

In Outposts, Winchester travels to, or writes about, the following places.

 British Indian Ocean Territory
 Tristan da Cunha
 Gibraltar
 Ascension Island
 Saint Helena
 Hong Kong (handed to the People's Republic of China in 1997)
 Bermuda
 Turks and Caicos Islands
 British Virgin Islands
 Anguilla
 Montserrat
 Cayman Islands
 Falkland Islands
 Pitcairn Islands

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