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Roy Taylor Introduction: My Autobiography

I was born in Blackpool in 1937. From the age of 9 I enjoyed writing stories, and would share them with others at school. After National Service and studies at Cambridge and Bristol I was ordained and served curacies in Blackburn and Whitehaven. For nine and a half years I worked in Taiwan, mainly with students. Back in this country, I served in Wolverhampton; then I got a job which involved a lot of speaking about the Church in China. Finally I had parishes in the south and north of Devon. I retired in 2003.

Retirement left me free to spend more time writing. I produced various manuscripts; but, although I have published various articles, I have not persuaded a publisher to produce any of my books. Maybe I did not try hard enough! When my wife suffered from terminal cancer I wrote a book about it called 'Lark Ascending', which I self published.Later I self published 'The Coast is Clear', which describes walks on the South West Coast Path.

I began to put e-books on to Kindle, but have now started to publish hard copies on Amazon as well. Below is a summary of books available up to this time. The next book is a Kindle book called “Sermons with a Smile”, which describes life in my first parish. Coming out around March."

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Service with a Smile Lark Ascending The Coast is Clear games people played An Elusive Peace Ripples on the water One Thing After Another /Student with a Smile all that is within me poems from near and far Home From Home from ireland with love
Seminarian with a Smile With James In China A Different Journey New Book Coming Soon To Be Announced To Be Announced To Be Announced To Be Announced To Be Announced To Be Announced To Be Announced To Be Announced
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Service with a Smile
Service with a Smile. 'Service with a Smile' tells what it was like to be a National Serviceman in the 1950s. It is a series of humorous talks, aiming to show exactly what it felt like at the time. This was also the period during which I came to a real faith in Jesus. The book is available on Kindle for £1.36, but may slightly vary according to the exchange rate against the dollar. (There is also a sequel, 'Student with a Smile') download
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Lark Ascending
Lark Ascending. 'Lark Ascending' is the account of the year in which my wife was struggling with cancer. The story is told in three ways – a chronological account, flashbacks into our early life together and Facebook contributions made at the time. The positive aim is to show how God helped us through a very difficult time, in the hope that this might be of use to others in that situation. The book could be obtained from Amazon, but you can also get it through me at a cost of £5 plus postage. order
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The Coast is Clear
The Coast is Clear. 'The Coast is Clear' is the story of how my wife and I walked the whole of the South West Coast Path from 1995 to 2002. We covered this in a succession of holidays. There is background information about the places visited, but it is also a record of how our lives developed over that period. It could form a useful guide for anyone wanting to try out this trail for themselves. The book is available through lulu.com or can be purchased from me at the same price as the book above. Unfortunately there are a number of typos, for which I apologise. The book could be obtained from Lulu, but you can also get it through me at a cost of £5 plus postage. order
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Games People Played
games people played 'Games People Played' Mrs. Palmer is taking a trip from Australia back to England to face the ghosts of the past. We go to a little mining community in Cumbria in 1969 to see how the lives of a group of neighbours are affected by the threatened closure of the mine. These include a cultured woman from the south who has married a local miner, a grocer and his wife who are pillars of the local church, a man who drifts through life while his wife looks for higher things, a pub landlord who feels he has missed his vocation, a woman who is too busy doing good to look after her family properly, a hospital cleaner who is looking for easy money and so on. Gradually we see how Mrs. Palmer fits into this picture. The cost is around £1.99, depending on the rate of exchange. download.
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An Elusive Peace
An Elusive Peace
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'An Elusive Peace' Between 1986 and 2012 I have visited China five times. These visits have been for different reasons - calling on people who are working in China, taking young people to work with students in a high school, meeting up with Chinese Christians who have suffered imprisonment, working with teachers and medical staff in a town shortly to be deliberately flooded and so on. During that time China has changed very much as a country and I seek to investigate the main changes. It is not a thorough account of that changing country, but rather the story of one man's travels. The cost is around £1.28, depending on the rate of exchange. download
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Ripples on the Water
Ripples on the water 'Ripples on the Water' ,published 15 November 2013, is an anthology of writings by members of the Holywood Writers' Group, Northern Ireland. It contains short stories and poems by 12 members. My own contribution is a number of poems, reflecting some of my travels, for I have plenty of prose in other books. Profits go to help a children's cancer charity. If you want a copy, you can get one from me at a charge of £5. An extra £1 toward postage would also be appreciated. e-mail
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One Thing After Another
One Thing After Another
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"When Roger Millbank moves to a new parish, he does not anticipate what he has let himself in for. He begins to discover secrets about his parents which lead him to investigate the past. Had his family been living a lie? Balancing this with an attempt to keep together different elements in his new parish keeps him busier than he had expected. Then there is a series of unexplained attacks....' The cost is £1.26, depending on the rate of exchange. download
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Student With a Smile
Student with a Smile
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"Student With a Smile" describes what life was like at Cambridge between 1958 and 1961. There is some humour, but it is basically the story of how, as a new Christian, I faced the challenges of university life. This is a look at what life was like as a Cambridge student over 5 decades ago. It is also the story of how I learned to grow as a Christian and to become the person I am today. In a way, it is just a slice of life from long ago; in another sense, it has everything to do with the present day. The last part of the book describes later visits made to Cambridge and the changes seen. The cost of this book is £1.24 download
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All That is Wiithin Me
all that is within me
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Worship is not just a ritual we perform in church. It is something that demands the whole of us. In this book we first take a look at the meaning of worship, then we consider how we can worship with spirit, mind and body. We then look at the five senses and consider how they can be used to enhance our worship. Although this book is very biblical, it is also full of anecdotes from personal experience. It is not a series of lectures, but is intended as a practical contribution to our spiritual lives. The cost of this book on Kindle is £3.20 and the cost of the book on Amazon is £5.30 order
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Poem from Near and Far
poems from near and far This is a collection of some of my poem, and it includes my wife's last 5 poems. Available from me without charge, but I would request that you send a small donation for the St. Patrick's Millisle church extension e-mail
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Home from Home
Home From Home
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What was it like to be a missionary in Taiwan in the early 1970s? Here we have the intertwined lives of four such people. Rose gets caught up in the problems of the girls in the seminary for whom she is responsible. Peter is wondering whether or not he should seek to marry the girl he left back home. Alleyne, a mature missionary, does not have a lot of sympathy with younger ones, but soon finds she has problems of her own. Arnold wonders whether he has done the right thing in abandoning journalism to run a Christian bookshop. All of them have to make difficult decisions. The cost of this book on Kindle is £3.22 and the cost of the book on Amazon is £7.71 order
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From Ireland With Love
from ireland with love Disillusioned with what he saw in his early years in China, Hudson Taylor's increasing burden was for the vast unreached inner provinces. So in 1865 the China Inland Mission was born. The following year he visited Ireland. he spoke to students in Dublin and had meetings in Cork and Belfast. Within months Susan Barnes from Limerick was on her way to China. But that was only the beginning.... The cost of this book is £5.00 e-mail
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Seminarian with a Smile
Seminarian with a Smile
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"Theological education has changed a lot over the past few decades. This book is simply a window into what it was like in the early '60s for me. I make no judgments, but tell it as it is. It is just an account of my own experience, with a few amusing stories along the way." The cost of this book is £2.30 download
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With James In China
With James In China "This is a sort of commentary on the biblical epistle of James. But it is more than that. The illustrations are taken mostly from the situation of the Church in China, with which I am very familiar. The book therefore has a double purpose. I hope it will be both practical and informative." order
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A Different Journey
With James In China “This book is a sequel to ‘Lark Ascending’. It is about how to survive in the years following major bereavement. Much of this is taken from personal experience, but there are any factors which most of us will experience. It aims to be a practical guide to those who are passing through such a difficult time. “ The cost is £4.90 from me or from Amazon and £2.95 if you get it on Kindle as an e-book. order
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