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The Expatriate Town Clerk

The Expatriate Town Clerk

Ronald McGill


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How does a young man with a debilitating stammer, a harsh background of broken relationships and no qualifications make his way in this world? The inspiring and often humorous course of Ron's life provides surprising answers, moving through numerous twists and turns to the improbable international development role as Town Clerk of Lilongwe, Malawi's capital city in the heart of Africa. Running away to join the army as a teenager and subsequent deployment in Aden is followed by determined, systematic pursuit of education. All this time signs of the loss of innocence and sexual awakening appear as character is forged. After posts in the UK, adjustment to African ways proves a challenge, not least the chaotic lack of administrative structure and the snootiness of the British expatriate set. Yet new friendships and a sense of professional purpose combine to add fulfilment to the unfolding African adventure.

ISBN : 978-1-78830-911-0

Published: 29/04/2021

Pages : 254

Size : 205x140

Imprint : Olympia Publishers

Ronald McGill

He was born in Berlin, BAOR, just after World War II, of Scottish and German parents. He moved to Edinburgh when he was six, when his parents divorced, being brought up by his father. He ran away when he was seventeen, joining the British Army. After Aden, he left "to get an education". He worked in town planning in the UK before breaking into international development, mainly in Africa and with the UN in New York City. He has published two technical books and twenty related journal papers. Currently, he is based in Nairobi and visits Scotland and New York each quarter, for his family.

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