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A New Book available in September 2016
To be published by Amberley Publishing. https://www.amberley-books.com/mission-to-china.html
Could this be one of the greatest stories never told?
From the same mould as David Livingstone, facing an equal number of adversities, this man reached a level of achievement unmatched by any other missionary of his time.
At the age of only 20, Walter Medhurst set sail in August 1816 from London, aboard the General Graham, bound for Malacca to establish a printing facility for the London Missionary Society and thereby began a career as missionary, adventurer, printer, writer, translator, teacher and nineteenth century pioneer to China. The adventure begins in Madras, where Walter meets and falls in love with his wife Elizabeth and together they move on to Malacca, Penang and Batavia, preparing for the day when China opens up to the "foreign devils" so that he can take the Christian message to the heart of the Celestial Empire. A true story of love, adventure, dedication and tragedy, set during a time of great turmoil and one which influenced the course of history between China and the West.