The last numbered book in this Limited Edition, No. 1997, was reserved for the last Governor of Hong Kong, Lord Patten. Some readers asked what happened to No.1
I can now reveal that No. 1 was presented to the Queen. Hong Kong was after all the last of her real Colonies and one could argue that the night of June 30th 1997 marked the end of Empire.
I have received a delightful letter of thanks from Buckingham Palace informing me how touched Her Majesty was to receive it.
Readers ordering this limited edition hardback will thus receive a number between 2 and 1996. I am sorry it is not possible to order a specific No. When the limited edition has sold out readers will be offered a paperback version at a lower price.