GEORGE Wilkie retired from newspapers in 2010, leaving behind him a chequered portfolio career ranging over 50 years – from being a photojournalist to a picture editor, an author and lecturer.
From owning picture agencies in Scotland that serviced the world, to the Evening Times and The Herald in Glasgow where he ran the picture operations for 14 years successfully bringing colour to the titles.
He celebrates his 74th birthday next month by ePublishing a trilogy of fiction, ‘The Crumbling Fist’, charting the life of the ‘first Scottish pope in modern times’.
Says a spokesperson: “The theme of the books is a 12 year-old boy born in a Midlothian mining village, in the 1940’s, who eventually reaches the heady heights of the Vatican while leaving a trail of killings behind him… from Scotland to Syria to Italy and back to Scotland.”
Says George Wilkie: “The only bit of journalism I hadn’t tried was writing fiction. Previously, I had co-authored and ghosted factual books in the late ’90s, plus a large coffee table effort for the Moroccan royal family. One rainy day I thought: why not try fiction?
“The Crumbling Fist started off as one book then, like Topsy, gathered pace into three. Why eBooks? My previous publisher once said that ‘there are too many titles on the bookshelves’.
“So, with this in mind it is into the Amazon jungle with them and any financial return will benefit cancer research.”
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