At times a memoir, at others a historical perspective, Bridge Over Troubled Water chronicles the history of the English-Speaking Union from its founding by Sir Evelyn Wrench and Charles Cochrane in a London cafe in 1912.
In what the London Daily Mail called this sparkling book, the author gives special attention to the introduction of the ESU into Sri Lanka, a country that had banned English in 1956 in reaction to years of British rule.
Michael Wynne-Parker has a keen insider's perception of the role the English-Speaking Union has to play. His aim is to break the monopoly that the upper classes have with English and to make it available to the whole world as a common language of tolerance and inclusion.
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Michael Wynne-Parker has long been involved with the English Speaking Union in the United Kingdom, South Asia and now in Estonia. He is Chairman of the Guild of Travel and Tourism (UK), Consultant to various commercial and cultural organizations, and Patron and Supporter of three charities. He is also author of The Mandana Poems, Reflections in Middle Years, and Wilson Lutara, Man of Africa.Review:
Fascinating. Michael Wynne-Parker tells it all so clearly and with such authority. --Harpers
An intelligent and gripping book stressing the importance of English as the means of communication so vital for understanding between nations and individuals today. --Jonathon Guinness
"It does an outstanding job in promoting transatlantic and wider world understanding through the English language, which links so many of the people of the free world."
- The Rt. Hon. the Baroness Margaret Thatcher, LG, OM, PC --The Times
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