Jill MacDonald

Jill MacDonald trained as a singer but later took to teaching English literature and Poetry both in England and in India. She worked as an educational research officer at Exeter University and published several articles and reports in collaboration with Profs Pring and Wragg. More recently, HarperCollins published A Battler All My Life which Jill transcribed and compiled from interviews with its co-author, Joyce McCartan. She is the author of A Story for Mukti.

 

 

 

 

A Story For Mukti by Jill MacDonald

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Category: Non-fiction
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers India
Rights: World rights available (excluding Indian subcontinent)

Habib met Jill in 1955 at the Edinburgh Festival whilst on a drama scholarship from India. Although very different in terms of family background and born on different continents, the attraction between them was instant and enduring.

A year after that first meeting, Habib left England on an epic tour of Europe and Russia in order to experience as much theatre as he could. His revolutionary thoughts and creative approach to theatre would not have developed as they did, without that journey. For over two years he travelled through Europe earning his living as best he could, often running out of money and food. All during this time he documented his adventures in letters to Jill that have never been brought to life until now.

In these letters, he describes his experiences; of loneliness and struggle, warm friendships and valuable meetings, together with practical discomforts and challenges, only his sheer tenacity and love of travel keeping him going. On returning to India in 1958, the correspondence continued.

These letters also provide a bridge between two contrasting worlds; of a left-wing Indian Thespian destined to be recognized for his originality world-wide, and of a young artistic English girl born into a distinguished family of writers and journalists.