FORMER Governor Chris Patten plans to make his first return to Hong Kong in late October in an appearance predicted to draw large crowds. The man dubbed 'a prostitute for a lifetime' and a 'stinking colonialist' by the pro-Beijing media is to return for a three-day visit as part of a trip through Asia to promote his book East and West. His itinerary does not include a visit to the mainland. A literary lunch and signing sessions in local bookshops are planned to promote the book, which is ready for launch at the beginning of September. Political commentator Andy Ho On-tat said large crowds were likely at any public appearance, and reporters would be keen to speak to him. 'I think the general feeling is that many people still miss Mr Patten,' he said. Mr Ho published Quotations from Chris Patten in English, selling 5,000 copies, and is now printing a second edition. 'The book is far more popular than the similar book about Mr Tung,' he said. East and West is published by Macmillan - after publishing firm HarperCollins, run by media mogul Rupert Murdoch, dropped it, allegedly for fear of upsetting Beijing. A University of Hong Kong survey last week found Mr Patten was overwhelming believed to have done a better job than Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa. Vivienne Wong, manager of Publishers' Associates, which represents Macmillan, said tentative arrangements had been made for Mr Patten to arrive on October 28 and leave on October 31. Asked whether Mr Tung would be prepared to meet Mr Patten, a spokesman for the Chief Executive said: 'We are not aware of Mr Patten's visit and are not in a position to speculate what might or might not happen if he comes.' Mr Patten, his wife Lavender and daughters Kate, Laura and Alice, left amid tears, streamers and fanfare, accompanied by Prince Charles aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia in the early hours of July 1 last year. He will discuss the year since the handover on Letter to Hong Kong on RTHK Radio Three at 8.45am today.