Saturday, February 01, 2020

A Wandering Soul

My autobiography from age 2 to 70 due to be published this Easter

The draft CV on the book cover reads:

Following his honours law degree at London University LLB (extern) and articled clerkship, the author qualified as a solicitor in 1972. Later he obtained a diploma in Education Law from Buckingham University.

 He went on to practise as a partner at the then Catholic firm of Witham Weld; then in 1981, was requested to be the honorary solicitor for the visit to the UK of His Holiness Pope John Paul II, planned for 1982.  The papal visit was successful despite the Falklands War breaking out in that same year. He was later made a Knight of St Gregory by Rome.

 As a teenager he joined the HCPT disabled children’s pilgrimage trust.  In his twenties he became an HCPT group leader. Then with other helpers, for over 50 years took many disabled children and young people on residential pilgrimages to Lourdes. Pilgrims travelled down to Lourdes by overnight couchette train and one year during a national French railway strike, a helper who had served in the French WWII resistance,  persuaded a  former resistance colleague,  who had become the French union leader, personally to drive the  children’s pilgrimage  train to Lourdes.

2014 saw him transfer to Farrer & Co solicitors as a consultant from which he retired in 2016.

He has been a Governor of six schools during a period of over 30 years before becoming Governors’ Clerk to a Jesuit school for over two years until retirement in June 2019.

Interestingly for a new author to secure publication these days, going down the route of paying a publisher to take the work on, seems a better route than the traditional way of publishing. The risks are greater though royalty percentages are potentially far higher. Though a reason for an autobiography, is of course also that of passing some of the family story, down the generations.

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