Subject: Fiction / World War One / Romance
World War, 1914-1918--Fiction.
ISBN 9781922238207 (pbk.)
Towards the end of a thirty year career working with and for people with intellectual disabilities, Rob Westcott published his first book in 2003 about the Disability Industry. Whilst always possessed of a strong social conscience and a belief that all people should be valued, Rob has always been fascinated by the phenomenon of armed conflict and its impact on participants. He has a particular interest in the First World War having had seven family members serve with the AIF of whom one did not return.
In fact, Rob can lay claim to an impressive military ancestry beginning with Captain Westcott who was killed at the Battle of the Nile whilst serving under Horatio Nelson. More recently are featured Major James McCallum, who commanded the Commissariat of the pre-Federation Victorian armed forces, and his son who was a soldier of the Boer War and had the distinction of serving twice. Rob’s father and an uncle served in Borneo and New Guinea respectively during the Second World War, and another uncle is a Korean War veteran. Rob is somewhat embarrassed to confess his personal experience of the military was limited to instructing his schoolmates in parade ground drill as a Corporal in the Air Training Corps!
“A Fine Mourning” is Rob’s first novel about WWI.