Troubador Voyages with my Grandfather

Released: 28/06/2020

ISBN: 9781838593926

eISBN: 9781838596064

Format: Paperback/eBook

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Voyages with my Grandfather


Voyages with my Grandfather is a world journey with Robert Boyd, a leading Irish missionary, written by his grandson William Hanna. It is based on Boyd’s writings – letters, memoirs and books – and his wife Annie’s diaries.

Readers travel with Boyd from rural Ireland in the 1880s, to Princeton in the 1890s, to Edwardian England, and to India during the First World War, where he shares a platform with the young Mahatma Ghandi and they contribute to the war effort. In the 1920s Boyd’s son Jack and his daughter Honor are born in India, and he writes about “Village Folk in India” for readers back in Britain.

In 1936, Robert and Annie Boyd embark on a world tour – Canada, Japan, Korea, China, Malaya, and India – on the brink of war. The 1940s bring the death in Burma of Jack Boyd, while Honor serves as a nurse during the Blitz, and her brother Robin works as a code-breaker.

So far agreements have been reached for the translation and publication rights in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.

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William Hanna

Having grown up and travelled in East Africa and the Middle East, London based freelance writer William Hanna had already witnessed the appalling inequity of colonialism wherein indigenous populations were economically marginalised, maligned, maltreated, and even massacred while European settlers occupied their lands and exploited their resources.

While British, French, Portuguese, Spanish, and other colonial powers had been mainly concerned with subjugating indigenous populations, plundering their countries’ resources, and then eventually recognising the necessity to grant them independence as occurred in Africa, the Jewish settlers had come to Palestine not just to simply colonise, but to ruthlessly replace the indigenous population. It was this cold, calculated, and cruel rapaciousness of Zionism colonisation of Palestine that motivated Hanna to write about such barbaric ethnic cleansing by a people who more than any other should know better.

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