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Douglas Westcott is a pseudonym for a well-known Bath businessman. The son of a Polish immigrant who fled to England after the First World War, Westcott was orphaned at 17, left school and started as a messenger boy for a property agency in London. His entire working life has been spent in the world of commercial property investment, culminating in the multi-million pound public company he founded.

Married with three children, he has lived in Bath for over 30 years and seen its development at first hand. A Director of its Theatre Royal in past years, he and his wife Elizabeth have become much involved with the homeless and youth of Bath, through local charities and The Brain of Bath Annual Quiz and the Wessex Property Club, both of which were founded by the author.

Go Swift and Far took 8 years to write and is the first in a projected trilogy of novels tracing the development of Bath from Second World War to the present day. Douglas Westcott drew extensively from The Bath Chronicle archives to ensure the novel was alive with events from the City’s history.

The novel was self-published and became a huge local bestseller in late 2013 in Hardback edition with £1 of every copy sold given to the Julian House charity for the homeless of Bath.

Recent News

An Unfolding Soul: Douglas Westcott’s latest novel to be published in September

1 August, 2018 in News, Uncategorized

Following the huge success of Douglas Westcott’s debut novel, Go Swift and Far – selling over 10,000 copies- Valley Spring Press is excited to announce that his long-anticipated second novel, An Unfolding Soul- a…

A Great Literary Souvenir of Bath

19 August, 2015 in Uncategorized

Writing under the pseudonym Douglas Westcott, Bloor made the career shift from business to books, debuting his recent novel, Go Swift and Far, the first in a projected trilogy of novels tracing the…

Reviews

‘A great yarn. Douglas Westcott is a natural storyteller who very successfully weaves Bath’s history into a page turning tale.’

Michael Symons

‘History, passion and big business – an awesome combination, powerfully written.’

Trish Traynor

‘Breathes life into the historical city of Bath – a must read!’

Andrew Foulkes

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

Patrick McCloy

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