Chris Patten - Author

Books by Chris Patten

The Hong Kong Diaries

The Hong Kong Diaries

Author: Chris Patten Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/06/2022

The diaries of the last British Governor of Hong Kong, published on the 25th anniversary of the handover In June 1992 Chris Patten went to Hong Kong as the last British governor, to try to prepare it not (as other British colonies over the decades) for independence, but for handing back in 1997 to the Chinese, from whom most of its territory had been leased 99 years previously. Over the next five years he kept this diary, which describes in detail how Hong Kong was run as a British colony and what happened as the handover approached. The book gives unprecedented insights into negotiating with the Chinese, about how the institutions of democracy in Hong Kong were (belatedly) strengthened and how Patten sought to ensure that a strong degree of self-government would continue after 1997. Unexpectedly, his opponents included not only the Chinese themselves, but some British businessmen and civil service mandarins upset by Patten's efforts, for whom political freedom and the rule of law in Hong Kong seemed less important than keeping on the right side of Beijing. The book concludes with an account of what has happened in Hong Kong since the handover, a powerful assessment of recent events and Patten's reflections on how to deal with China - then and now.

First Confession

First Confession

Author: Chris Patten Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/06/2018

Most politicians write autobiographies to 'set the record straight'. This is a different sort of memoir. Following his life as a self-confessed 'wet European' from parliament to Hong Kong and beyond, Chris Patten creates a meditation on personal and political identity which, in an age of simplification, shows the complexities of both. 'A defence of liberal conservatism ... If old-style centrism is to stage a comeback and reason to supplant stridency and authoritarianism, be it in west or east, the moderates can wave Patten's book on their way to their barricades' Jonathan Fenby, Financial Times 'Vivid, very well-written, First Confession joins the highest tier of recent works by British politicians' Paschal Donohoe, Irish Times 'Draws on his experience of four controversial institutions - the Tory party, the Vatican, the Chinese government and the BBC - to swell the tiny list of intelligent and cultured memoirs by front-line politicians' Mark Lawson, New Statesman, Books of the Year

What Next?

What Next?

Author: Chris Patten Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/07/2009

A Financial Times Book of the Year, Chris Patten's What Next? Surviving the Twenty-First Century is a frank and witty survey of our geopolitical future. At the start of the twenty-first century, the challenges the world faces seem bewilderingly complex. Gone are the old assurances about the triumph of the West and the free market. But what will take their place? Here Chris Patten draws on his many years at the highest levels of international affairs to tackle the big questions of our time - from financial turmoil to the energy crisis, immigration to the ascendancy of the East - offering a wise, witty and surprisingly optimistic account of the world today. 'An extremely impressive book ... It is a very long time since a leading British politician produced anything so ambitious, or as well written' John Gray, Guardian 'Chris Patten is the best Foreign Secretary Britain never had ... An encyclopedia of good sense ... Every thinker on, or practitioner of, international affairs will profit from reading any book that Patten writes' Denis MacShane, Independent 'Compelling ... If only more world statesmen were like Chris Patten' John Kampfner, Observer 'Entertaining and wide-ranging ... part history, part opinionated guidebook' Simon Robinson, Time Magazine 'A brilliant tour d'horizon of a fragmenting world' Christopher Coker, The Times Literary Supplement Chris Patten is currently Chairman of the BBC Trust, and Chancellor of Oxford and Newcastle Universities. He is well known for being the last Governor of Hong Kong (1992-97), about which he wrote in East and West (1998). Both that and his most recent book, Not Quite the Diplomat: Home Truths about World Affairs (2005), were international best-sellers.

Not Quite the Diplomat

Not Quite the Diplomat

Author: Chris Patten Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2006

Part memoir, part remedy for the state we're in, with liberal sprinklings of common sense, Chris Patten's Not Quite the Diplomat is a frank and funny book from a very outspoken politician. After spending several years in the thick of international events, Chris Patten has seen rather a lot of the world - and the people who run it. And now he's free from the bonds of diplomacy, he doesn't have to be quite so careful about what he says. Here he gives us his forthright views on everything from the Tories' downfall to America's empire, from whether Blair has any political convictions to why Britain should start liking the French. 'Masterly, elegant, sprightly, wry ... the best political reading of the year' James Naughtie, The Times Books of the Year 'A garnering of rich personal experience ... Frank and vivid ... without betraying any confidences or relationships of trust (Sir Christopher Meyer, please note)' The Times Literary Supplement Books of the Year 'Elegant, warm, witty, stylish and readable ... If politics were sane, appointments to ministerial rank anywhere would be conditional on reading, digesting, understanding and acting upon the wisdom of this book' Independent 'Patten writes with wit, elegance and passion, showing a candour and courage uncommon among politicians' Sunday Telegraph Chris Patten is currently Chairman of the BBC Trust, and Chancellor of Oxford and Newcastle Universities. He is well known for being the last Governor of Hong Kong 1992-97, about which he wrote in East and West (1998). Both that and his most recent book, Not Quite the Diplomat: Home Truths about World Affairs (2005), were international best-sellers.

The EU and Moldova

The EU and Moldova

Author: Chris Patten Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2004

Moldova is perhaps the least known country in the European part of what used to be the Soviet union. Yet with the EU enlargement it will become our near neighbour, whose future will influence not only the security environment around our borders but also practical issues from migration to drugs. The book looks spaecifically at EU policy towards Moldova and Moldovan attitudes to relations with the EU. It presents a wide range of viewpoints, enabling the reader to get a flavour of the current debate and to consider the policy options facing both sides. The authors include politicians and parliamnetarians, officials, academics, practicioners and journalists. The book looks spaecifically at EU policy towards Moldova and Moldovan attitudes to relations with the EU. It presents a wide range of viewpoints, enabling the reader to get a flavour of the current debate and to consider the policy options facing both sides. The authors include politicians and parliamnetarians, officials, academics, practicioners and journalists.