Ronald McGill, author of Three Royal Terrace
Author, this webpage. Urbanist; click the LinkedIn tab.
Three Royal Terrace is my first non-technical book. Two others appear under the 'urbanist' heading: Institutional Development (for city management) and
Performance Budgeting (for least-developed countries).
Three Royal Terrace
July 25, 2019
A severely autistic child, possessing no language of his own, learns his and his family's history from his father and repeats it to the reader.
'My name is Roddy. I am severely autistic or more technically, "low-functioning". I have no spontaneous language. My dad saw the film The Accountant and was inspired to write this book through my eyes. That film's central character, as a young boy, displayed all the uncontrollable characteristics that I did. The difference is that he went on to a "high-functioning" state. I remained otherwise. I wanted to learn more about my dad. I wanted to understand about myself. I wanted to feel the struggles of the family as I moved from childhood, adolescence and into adulthood. I wanted to convey my own sorrow at the anguish I often inflicted upon my siblings and especially Mum.' "Thank you Dad for giving me a voice!"
A Bit About Me
I was born in Berlin, BAOR, just after World War II, of Scottish and German parents. I moved to Edinburgh when I was six, when my parents divorced, being brought up by my father. I ran away when I was 17, joining the British Army. After Aden, I left “to get an education”. I worked in town planning in UK before breaking into international development, mainly in Africa but also Asia and the Middle East, with the UN in New York City. I have published two technical books and 20 related journal papers. Currently, I am based in Nairobi and visit Scotland and New York each quarter, for my family.