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
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.