By Peter Moss
Bye Bye Blackbird is a loving portrait of Anglo-India, less a country than a state of mind,
long submerged beneath the waves of history.

Book Description

Eleven years old when his family joined the Anglo-Indian exodus, on the eve of India's independence, Peter Moss never felt at home in the postwar austerity of his "father's land", where he saw how far and how fast Britain was forsaking both her empire and her greatness. When he returned to his childhood haunts, more than thirty years later, he found his Anglo-India had disappeared, submerged beneath the waves of history. Bye-Bye Blackbird is more than a loving portrait of that lost world. It is also a wry but affectionate look at Britain, bracing herself for the implosion that would follow the "Big Bang" of her imperial expansion, when the fall-out would come hurtling back to the epicentre and change the very nature of what it meant to be British.

His explorations brought him into contact with a vivid spectrum of characters as diverse as a First World War pilot who duelled with the Red Baron's successor above the trenches of the Western Front, a sadistic sergeant who loved to be lampooned in caricature, a redoubtable landlady who wouldn't allow a Kikuyu bishop in her boarding house, Field Marshall Montgomery, Sir Winston Churchill and a mad Irishman who drove him back to India in a battered overland bus.

To read an engrossing review of Bye Bye Blackbird in the Times Colonist dated September 19, 2004 click here

About Peter Moss:

Author of Distant Archipelagos (Memories of Malaysia), The Singing Tree (a novel set in the Amazon and acclaimed as "a little gem" by the New York Times), Peter Moss saw himself as an imperial by-product long before the Queen bestowed on him Membership of the British Empire for his services in Hong Kong, where he still lives and writes. Barren Rock on Borrowed Time, Peter's third book in this autobiographical series, is about his years in Hong Kong and is slated for publication by the end of 2004. Following that he intends to catch up with other books he has been commissioned to write, including a biography of the artist George Chinnery. Most of his earlier works can be found at

Bye Bye Blackbird is available through iUniverse Publications on line. Visit
iUniverse price: US$19.95
Published: Mar 2004

Distant Archipelagos is now also available at iUniverse Publications See
iUniverse price US$21.95
Published: August 2004

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