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Three Royal Terrace

Ronald McGill

A severely autistic child, possessing no language of his own, learns his and his family's history from his father and repeats it to the reader.

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ISBN : 978-1-78830-437-5
Published : 25/07/2019
Pages : 245
Size : 205x140mm
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. https://www.ronaldmcgill.com/

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A severely autistic child, possessing no language of his own, learns his and his family's history from his father and repeats it to the reader.

My name is Roddy. I am severely autistic or more technically, "low-functioning". I have no spontaneous language. My dad saw the film The Accountant and was inspired to write this book through my eyes. That film's central character, as a young boy, displayed all the uncontrollable characteristics that I did. The difference is that he went on to a "high-functioning" state. I remained otherwise. I wanted to learn more about my dad. I wanted to understand about myself. I wanted to feel the struggles of the family as I moved from childhood, adolescence and into adulthood. I wanted to convey my own sorrow at the anguish I often inflicted upon my siblings and especially Mum. "Thank you Dad for giving me a voice!"

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