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Adrian Jacobs was an intelligent, London born man who had qualified as an chartered accountant and solicitor (UK lawyer). He enjoyed a mercurial career, at one point chairing five British public companies. By the mid 1980s he was a consultant who had made his fortune from introducing companies to the stock market and investing in property.  Adrian had a well rounded life, was an enthusiastic art collector, at one time owning the world’s largest collection of original Russell Flint paintings and sketches. As a youth he won a scholarship to St. Paul's School.  As a young man he played rugby for the Wasps.

 

In 1987 his wealth would have been in the region of three million pounds. He was an energetic and positive person who had recovered commercially from setbacks.  Adrian was always making up stories for the children of visiting friends; one day he made up a story about a boy wizard who looked back at his time in wizard college and recalled adventures. This story was so well received that Adrian was encouraged by friends and family to write it down. Later that year The Adventures of Willy the Wizard was published.

 

After the publication of The Adventures of Willy the Wizard, Adrian Jacobs visited several schools and read extracts from the book. The Estate still holds many dozens of thank you letters and pictures drawn and written by children intrigued and enthused by Willy The Wizard and it’s bubbly and cheerful Author.

 

Adrian was sure that in The Adventures of Willy the Wizard he had the potential for a successful theme for stories that would appeal to children and adults alike.

 

Adrian wrote a sequel - Holiday Antics which was passed as a manuscript to his  literary agent but never published.

 

Adrian Jacobs suffered a massive stroke in late 1987 which affected his ability to manage his finances and he was bankrupted for a second time in 1991. Sadly, Adrian Jacobs died in his sixties in a charity hospital in 1997. He left one son, Jonathan who lives in the United States of America.

 

 

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