Troubador The Farm Boy

Released: 28/01/2019

ISBN: 9781789014723

eISBN: 9781789019179

Format: Paperback/eBook

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The Farm Boy


Monty Bryden’s story spans almost a century and takes him from his childhood idyll within the farming community of Argyll, in Scotland, through the precarious world of commodities trading, import and export. At times, his life story reads like an epic action movie escaping hired killers in the dark underbelly of Central Africa, facing years in jail for international fraud and battling two separate life-threatening cancers.

The book details his life from the beginning, from meeting his great love to farm management, from leading a family life to adventures abroad in Venezuela to Europe and deepest Africa where he traded in commodities and beyond. As a young man, he came face-to-face with death: on the farm, trapped underwater, behind the wheel of a runaway oil tanker and during a treacherous flood in Italy when he spent a long and anxious night perched high up in the swaying branches of a none-too-secure tree, facing the fear that he lost his wife and young children as they were swept away by strong and violent currents. Yet his closest dice with death came at the hands of a paid killer in Africa, having become involved in a major international fraud which hoodwinked several global banking giants and brought some world-leading commodities brokers to their knees in a textbook anatomy of a major scam of mammoth proportions, aided by the incompetence and secrecy of the world banking community.

Having also won the battle of two life-threatening cancers in his later years, Monty - now in his 90s - is about to embark on his next big adventure. His story is both an education and inspiration.

I am in charge of our Senior School library and am looking for a diverse array of new books to furnish their shelves with and inspire our young people to read a wider and more diverse range of books as they move through the senior school. It is hard sometimes to find books that will grab the attention of young people as their time is short and we are competing against technology and online entertainments.

This was a thought-provoking and well-written read that will appeal to young readers across the board. It had a really strong voice and a compelling narrative that I think would capture their attention and draw them in. It kept me engrossed and I think that it's so important that the books that we purchase for both our young people and our staff are appealing to as broad a range of readers as possible - as well as providing them with something a little 'different' that they might not have come across in school libraries before.

This was a really enjoyable read and I will definitely be purchasing a copy for school so that our young people can enjoy it for themselves. A satisfying and well-crafted read that I keep thinking about long after closing its final page - and that definitely makes it a must-buy for me!

by Jill

Monty Bryden

My book The Farm Boy is my biography.

Farming in Aberdeenshire

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