Troubador The Jacobite Grandson

Released: 28/11/2020

ISBN: 9781800461949

eISBN: 9781800468207

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The Jacobite Grandson


The Jacobite Grandson, sequel to Son of a Jacobite, traces the later life of Thomas Lovat and the childhood-into-adulthood of his son, Edward. 

Thomas and Edward travel to Persia, so recapturing some of the profound influence that Shiite Islam had on Thomas’s identity and development. Edward joins the Royal Navy and travels on the Third Fleet to New South Wales, the first incursion by the family to the great southern lands. Two of the people he meets on board will steer much of the rest of his life, both career and personal. 

While in New South Wales, he meets and interacts with some of the key figures in the British colonisation of Australia, seeing its strengths and weaknesses. He also liaises with some of the convict class and the Indigenous population, both formative experiences. 

As Thomas did in the Americas, so Edward experiences tensions between his role as a British officer and his rebellious Jacobite heritage. He returns home and enters an agronomic career, one that will take him to Sweden and Ireland where he will meet his first love. Edward then returns to his home in Lancashire to take up a prestigious position on an agricultural estate where he meets his second love. He continues to be torn between class and sectarian divisions and between experiences of marital bliss and marital persistence.

I have written many academic books and school texts, some 40 in all, with a variety of publishing houses. Springer Nature, Routledge, Peter Lang and Cengage are the main international houses. David Barlow Publishing is the main Australian publisher. Son of a Jacobite is my first novel. The different kind of writing needed for it has been a learning process. My academic writing has helped but I've also been challenged to 'show not tell', instead of telling, which is what academic writing is all about. The venture has taken me to the other side, as it were, the other side of the fascinating thing we call writing.

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I have just finished reading ’The Jacobite Grandson’. What a great read. I could not put it down and so I read it over the day. It is very much in the spirit of the first book (Son of a Jacobite) and equally riveting. The characters are very clear and flawed at times but that is what makes them real. Thanks to T.J.Lovat for telling such a great story. He has done a marvellous job and I can see the next story is being pointed to at the end of the book with the two boys coming to Australia. There were some wonderful aspects of acceptance and humanity within the telling that were moving and deep.

I look forward to more books by Lovat.

by The Rev’d Dr Brian Douglas

Terry Lovat

I am a retired Professor from Australia. My academic work was mainly in Religion and Education, with a passion for history. I have also become something of a specialist in Islam.

My family roots are in the Scottish Highlands on which I have done much research. This is what inspired my first novel, Son of a Jacobite. When the historical record ran out, I turned to historical fiction. The Jacobite's son grows up in the shadow of his heroic father, travels in his youth to Persia, then Ireland and the Americas during the War of Independence. Much adventure, romance and growing up along the way, all inserted into snippets of live history.

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