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An Insight Into Douglas Westcott’s Route to Authorship

9 November, 2018 in News

Bestselling Bath author of Go Swift and Far and the newly released An Unfolding Soul talks us through his road to authorship and the immense influence of the Arvon Foundation.

At the age of sixty, and freshly retired from a business life, I nervously booked my first Arvon course at Totleigh Barton in order to fulfill a lifelong desire to write about an extraordinary early life.

As the only child of a young Polish girl, who fled to England after the First World War and left me orphaned at seventeen, the story was there, but I hadn’t the slightest idea of how to turn it into a novel.

Eight years and six courses later at each one of the marvellous venues, my first book

 ‘Go Swift and Far’ was ready for Christmas 2013. Now, five years later my second, ‘An Unfolding Soul’, is released for this years festivities. No small thanks to the guidance and encouragement of the tutors, including Joanne Harris and James Friel, who persuaded me to persevere, despite the ‘loneliness and frustration of the long distance writer.

I could not have done this without Arvon, which I congratulate on its recent fiftieth birthday.

Douglas Westcott

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Reviews

‘A masterly weaving of ambition and growing conscious both personally and publicly.’

Anna Jacka-Thomas

“Westcott has done it again, masterfully capturing the essence of magnificent Bath”

Jenny Lippett

“Extraordinarily interesting for many different reasons …These books made our stay in Bath an even more exciting experience … As a university lecturer in English Literature I am fascinated with contemporary stories of life in Bath … I could not put the book away. Ian’s life is such a captivating story.”

Ewa Welnic – Bydgoszcz, Poland

“History, passion and big business – an awesome combination, powerfully written.”

Trish Traynor

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