A Good Samaritan

A Good Samaritan

The Autobiography of the Reverend Cyril Handel Grant MBE BD STM

Cyril Handel Grant


The fascinating autobiography of the founder of Bristol Samaritans.

  • ISBN 9781781321348
  • Published Dec 2013
  • paperback
    234 x 156mm (264 pages)


Born in 1919, Cyril Handel Grant grew up in a close, loving family in Sparkbrook, Birmingham. But when a tragedy occurred at the age of eight, Cyril's life changed dramatically and he found comfort and hope in religion. As a young Free Church minister Cyril travelled to the United States shortly after the Second World War and witnessed the birth of a nation as leader of the free world.

On returning to England with an American wife, Cyril and a fellow minister spent ten years in the industrial North, attempting to build up a chapel and its neglected congregation. After a world tour he returned to Bristol, where he had spent his teenage years, and set up the first branch of the Samaritans in the city.

Cyril's story, covering a remarkable ten decades, is a triumph of hope and inspiration. His evident good humour and deep commitment to helping humanity shines through and today, in his mid-90s, Cyril continues to exude positivity and warmth. This is the story of a remarkable, yet modest man.

Press Coverage

Read about Cyril in The Bristol Post and the Western Daily Press.

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