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The Broadsword and the Englishman-bookcover

By: R. G. Harmon

The Broadsword and the Englishman

Pages: 263 Ratings: 5.0
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Growing up in a devout, middle-class English family in China during the Sino–Japanese war leaves its mark on Bill and sets in place a series of events that leads him to join the war effort as a teenager, go down the coal mines of Wales and to eventually migrate to Australia to start afresh. But Bill is tortured by his past. A story set against the backdrop of war, the growth of a nation, the betrayal of a father and the influence of good friends, Bill traverses adulthood as a flawed man. With the support of his loving Welsh wife, Myfanwy, and the influence of his Chinese friends, Bill is forced to face his fears by revisiting the place of his childhood, Shanghai, China. Here, he eventually faces his demons and farewells a good friend, who leaves him with a symbol of peace and strength, his Chinese broadsword.R. G. Harmon has also written The Missionary’s Son and The Prequel to The Broadsword and the Englishman.

Rod was born in Geelong, Australia, in 1958, the youngest of five children. After a seven-year stint in the Australian Army as an officer in the Royal Australian Engineers including two years with Commandos, he entered private enterprise. After his two children left home, he and his wife realised a lifelong dream and undertook a lifestyle and career change. Now living in country Victoria, Rod has begun to write and establish himself as an author. His first book, The Missionary’s Son, was published by Austin Macauley in 2016.

Customer Reviews
7 reviews
7 reviews
  • Belle Norcott

    Very compelling read! I couldn't put it down! Highly recommend

  • Cheryl Anderson

    I've been hanging out for this one!! Thoroughly enjoyed reading this and finding out what happens to "little Bill" Like The missionary's son, this book takes you on an adventure, while being educated along the way. If you, like me, enjoy accents and put voices to the characters in books you read, then you'll really enjoy this. This book rounds off Bill's life beautifully.

  • Lucas Lamont

    Fantastic read!

  • Ben Harmon

    Really enjoyed this, very proud!

  • Elise

    Brilliant read, I couldn't put it down! I highly recommend this novel.

  • Simon Pederick

    Oh man, Good stuff. Interesting time period. Love the sword.

  • Julia

    An engaging and sensitively written story. I enjoyed the journey with the characters through familiar and unfamiliar places, especially mid 20th century Victoria. Compelling reading as a sequel to A Missionary’s Son. Highly recommended.

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