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Unlike most politicians who write autobiographies to provide retrospective justification for their careers, Chris Patten uses each phase of his life as a spur to reflect upon its contemporary situation – education, America, conservatism, Ireland, China, Europe and the question of links between violence and religion.

Patten's career has taken him from the outer London suburbs to the House of Commons, a seat in the Cabinet, last Governor of Hong Kong, Chairman of the BBC, and Chancellor of Oxford University. He has unexpected and telling things to say about each of the three Prime Ministers for whom he worked – Edward Heath, Margaret Thatcher and John Major.

Wise, funny and opinionated, "First Confession" is a different sort of memoir, a meditation on personal and political identity which, in an age of simplification, reminds us of the complexities of both.

Patten will meet with members at the Chamber's Distinguished Speakers Series to talk about his new book on 20 September. A short book-signing session will be held after the talk. You are recommended to purchase the book in advance if you wish to get your copy signed. Places are limited so book early to secure your seat.

Speaker(s) Chris Patten is currently Chancellor of Oxford University. As a British MP (1979-92), he served as Minister for Overseas Development, Secretary of State for the Environment and Chairman of the Conservative Party, being described afterwards as "the best Tory Prime Minister we never had" (Observer). He is well known for being the last Governor of Hong Kong (1992-7), 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 No. 1 international bestsellers. In 2008 he wrote "What Next? Surviving the Twenty-First Century". He was made a Companion of Honour in 1998 and a life peer in 2005.
Date and Time 2017/09/20 16:30 to 18:00
Venue Chamber Theatre, 22/F United Centre
Media Closed to media
Enquiries Ray Lai
Tel: 28231297
Email: ray@chamber.org.hk
Fee Members @ HK$160
+$50 for booking offline
Members Only
This event accepts Chamber Coupon (terms and conditions)
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