The life of Edward Keith-Roach spans the transition of Britain's imperial history from a position of power, serenity and confidence, to one of growing frustration and decline. Perhaps nowhere was this seen more starkly than in Palestine where Keith-Roach served for all but the last years of the British Mandate, notably as District Commissioner of Jerusalem before and during World War II.This evocative account begins with the author's memories of a childhood in Clifton, Gloucestershire, and Hampshire. After working in Surrey and Sussex for the London and County Bank, Keith-Roach joined the Mercantile Bank of India in Bombay. He presents a vivid picture of life in a teeming and sprawling city during the height of the Raj. After World War I service in Egypt and a period in the Darfur region of Sudan, Keith-Roach went to Palestine. He succeeded the legendary Sir Ronald Storrs and became steeped in the history, culture and traditions of Jerusalem. His energy, courage, administrative abilities, even-handedness, and a gift for making friends among all sections of the community, were given full rein. But his life and work and that of the administration were increasingly overshadowed by the emerging Arab-Jewish divide. Though set against a background of bitterness and turmoil, Keith-Roach's account offers an affectionate and acutely-observed view of Palestine under the British Mandate. On his departure in 1943, he was affectionately known as 'Pasha' by all sections of Jerusalem's heterogeneous population.Edward Keith-Roach's memoirs have been carefully and sympathetically edited by Paul Eedle.