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Sir Hugh Foot's Memoirs

The author of this book, * now Lord Caradon, comes from a well-known Liberal and non-conformist west country family. He joined the British colonial service in 1929 as a young man just down from Cambridge. His first post was that of a junior assistant secretary in Palestine; he remained a member of the Palestine administration until 1938 and after a short interval at the colonial office went back to the middle east as assistant British resident in Amman, where he stayed until 1942. After a short period in the military administration of Cyrenaica, he was appointed in 1943 colonial secretary of Cyprus; as is well-known, he afterwards became governor of this territory during the fateful years 1957-60, when it was ravaged by a civil war for which he helped to effect a settlement which transformed the colony into an independent state presided over by Archbishop Makarios. The author also served in Nigeria and Jamaica, and on his retirement from the governorship of Cyprus was appointed by Mr. Harold Macmillan as a member of the British delegation to the United Nations, to advise on problems affecting the 'emergent and newly emerged countries' and to represent the United Kingdom in the Trusteeship Council and the Fourth Committee of the General Assembly. From this post he resigned in October 1962, because he disagreed with official policy in respect of central Africa and southern Rhodesia.