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Welcome

May I welcome you to the website for The Westcott Chronicles, which I began writing over twenty years ago.

My expedition into creative writing commenced, when I nervously booked my first course at The Arvon Foundation in Devon – a starting point I would strongly recommend for any would be writer – read about my route to authorship in their 50th Anniversary Celebration: I owe much to Joanne Harris, one of my tutors there.

From the start I set out to create a story with a strong plot, strong characters and strongest of all, the Bath setting – a celebration of the lives, loves, properties and business in the City. Most importantly, behind every word written in the books are thousands more researched, and where possible verified, to discover hitherto unknown, and untold, fascinating truths about Bath and its citizens. To my delight, this recipe in my first two novels appears to work well, with sales now approaching 20,000 copies and the strong interest in the future publication of the third book of ‘The Chronicles’.

Check out ‘From the Author’s desk …’ monthly for my thoughts and insights, together with answers to the questions from visitors to Bath often from all over the world.

The Books

An Unfolding Soul

The city of Bath is unique. Much of it built during the reigns of four kings called George over a period of only one hundred years. Its three thousand ornate Georgian buildings form the heart of one of the most complete and beautiful cities in the world. But for how much longer? As the 1960’s unfolded, great social upheaval was matched by potential destruction from developers and change in the city. Perhaps, even more devastating than the bombs of the Luftwaffe twenty years earlier.

Go Swift and Far

Born in the wartime German raids on Bath in the Spring of 1942, an orphan boy, alone and destitute, is determined to survive. The city is immersed in a cycle of greed, abuse of privilege, corruption and demolition as it struggles out of post-war gloom and austerity. Demolish and rebuild or preserve and protect at all costs? The boy, now a man, is bent on success and wealth, whatever the personal sacrifice and cost to England’s finest Georgian city.

"Be you a resident, visitor or tourist, where best to start but with the perfect street map of Bath by James Hillman found in the front of every book. This allows the reader to follow in the footsteps of the characters and their locations throughout the City. What else can you expect from an author, fascinated by maps since childhood, who qualified as a chartered surveyor over fifty years ago."

Douglas Westcott

From the Noticeboard

February 2024 From the author’s desk…

6 February, 2024 in From the author's desk

Our children have returned to school, and was ever thus, but for a privileged few different… The Beaconsfield Special, a steam train with four carriages and three guard’s vans, was…

January 2024 From the author’s desk…

9 January, 2024 in From the author's desk

As our loved ones depart after the family Christmas festivities… As she was undressing, Ruth noticed the thin book where Naomi had left it open on her bedside table. She…

Reviews

‘An interesting and believable cast of characters move through the conflict of development versus conservation, still relevant in Bath today as the city continues to deal with how society and social mores have changed over the years.’

Kate Joyce

‘What a superb follow up to Go Swift and Far! Born and raised in Bath the highly descriptive locations and quality of writing allow one to truly live and feel part of the story. Eagerly awaiting book three!’

Helen Beer

“Westcott burnishes his well won reputation as the  Grand Master of intrigue with this much anticipated sequel to acclaimed Go Swift and Far ; nothing less than brilliant as with the deft hand of an ancient god  he manoeuvres  the fate of the great and  less than good of Bath across the chess board of life. Check mate; but who wins …..”

Patrick McCloy

“A compelling story of the ups and downs of a Bath property developer. A great evocation of time and place, providing a fascinating history of beautiful Bath Can’t wait for the next instalment.”

Dr Tim Bamford

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