While attempting to teach at an inner London comprehensive Will Randall is taken up by an elderly German woman who asks him to accompany her to India. Nothing ventured, he agrees and so begins a wonderful life-changing adventure. Set down in Puna (3 hours from Bombay) he begins work teaching English at a slum school. Most of the children are orphans or parentless (one lost his parents four years previously when his mother had let go of his hand at a railway station and he 'd boarded the wrong train ). When zamidars -slum barons - arrive and threaten to pull down the school Randall has to put on a fund-raising performance of the Indian epic The Ramayana in order to help the slum dwellers buy their own land. Meanwhile he's also been spotted by a Bollywood Director who persuades him to take the role of leading man in his new film. Will Randall is 'the teacher who travels' and, as in SOLOMON TIME, this is a funny and heart-warming account of how one man's enthusiasm and old-fashioned desire to do good have helped to preserve a community.
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(197mm x 126mm x 15mm)
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This is Will Randall's second travel memoir. After returning to London from the South Pacific, he finds himself, reluctantly and finance oblige, hostage at the hands of screaming students at a London council school. So when the opportunity arises to accompany an elderly woman to her Indian destination of Poona, all travel expenses paid, he figures his bank manager can wait just a while longer for any semblance of ordered accounts. Upon delivery of the package, Maria-Helena von Wurfellurfer, his story begins. Randall stumbles across a slum orphanage, children of stark contrast to the monsters he taught in London, and grudgingly accepts a plea for help. His realisation of the determined, light-hearted nature of a bunch of children, whose only hope is threatened by corporate enterprise, sees him swept away in an Indian torrent of school drama and Bollywood film while trying to save the slum school. Indian Summer is a comic and poignant account about making a difference, regardless of its magnitude, exposing the India few tourists could see. (Kirkus UK)
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Author Biography - Will Randall
Will Randall was born in 1966 and educated in London. He is a teacher. His next book is a travel book on Botswana.