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Saint George-bookcover

By: John William Powell

Saint George

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King Freddie the Umpteenth of England and his prime minister, Merlin the Whirlin, are convinced that Patron Saint Cuthbert is no longer up to the job. As fast as Cuthbert’s splendid band of knights in shining armour chase the fire-breathing monsters out of the kingdom, they fly back in again. So when George, an impoverished knight living in a dilapidated castle in Gloucestershire, finds a means of pacifying the incendiary megafauna, the king and premier welcome the opportunity to appoint a new patron saint and minister for the environment at the austerity salary of three shillings and six pence a week.

Assisted by his ex-sailor manservant, Jack, George sets about a national monster pacification programme involving Welsh dragons, Irish whatsits, Loch Ness nellies, Breton Bongloppers and even the dreaded Hungarian woggalog. Then follows a variety of adventures involving George and Jack with King Pierre of France, King Duncan of Scotland, Admiral Sir Salty Biscuit, First Sea Lord, Max Grabber, head of HM revenue and customs, Peter Paye, one of his tax officials, Handsome Harold, mayor of Monmouth, and many other colourful characters. Their journeying extends far beyond England, to France, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, Siberia, West Africa and on crusade to Palestine. George succeeds to the extent that King Freddie and Prime Minister Merlin even consider increasing his salary.

Follow George and Jack through 21 humorous adventures, each tailored to provide a bite-sized good read.

John William Powell, born in Bristol in 1937, has a PhD in engineering and an honorary DSc from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi. He was awarded the OBE in 1991 for Services to Technical Education in Ghana. During his time working in Ghana, from 1971 to 1997, his three sons were at boarding school in England. The stories in this book originally accompanied his weekly letters to his sons. In recent years, John Powell has been involved in teaching English to children and secondary school English teachers in Vietnam.

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