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The Third Book: Bath From 1972 onwards – coming soon

11 January, 2023 in News

JOY AND SORROW – a story of Bath, the third novel in The Westcott Chronicles of Bath, commences in June 1972 – the time of that unforgettable photograph of the naked young girl burnt by napalm fleeing down a road in Vietnam.

The tranquillity of the Lundy family is shattered by a vicious attack on Ruth, now aged five, and gravely disfigured in hospital.

Homelessness, and the Council’s secret and hostile agenda to prevent squatting in Chatham Row, leads to the disused Charmy Down Royal Air Force base north of the city.

The threat to Ian Lundy’s property empire becomes critical when the Government freezes every rent payable in the United Kingdom in November 1972.

The years roll on, and the characters encounter:

…the arrival in the City of a survivor from the war time Polish ghetto and Auschwitz

concentration camp

…a chance meeting at the opening night of the smash musical ‘Jesus Christ

Superstar’

…Ted Heath’s confrontation with the local miners reducing the nation to a three-day

working week

…The I.R.A. bombing of The Corridor in Bath

…Margaret Thatcher becoming the leader of the Conservative Party.

…A deadly meningitis outbreak which closes the Roman Baths for decades.

…The scandal of ‘The Sack of Bath’ hits the national press

… The Brixton race riots.

 

And much much more…

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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

“Just finished reading your second book An Unfolding Soul which I have enjoyed as much as your first. As a Bathonian of 77 years I find it so scary and truthful as we currently experience The Third Destruction of Bath.”

Malcolm Mitchell

‘Westcott blows away the myth that Bath is the graveyard of ambition.’

Patrick McCloy

“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

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