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Adrian Jacobs’ work The Adventures of Willy The Wizard was well received when it was sent around in manuscript form by his literary agent to potential publishers in 1987.

 

Publishers were enthusiastic about his concepts, including:

 

i. The Year of Wizards’ Contests - the central theme of The Adventures of Willy the Wizard

ii. stories and reminiscences of wizards college

iii. parallel worlds of real places and wizard magic  

iv. wizard trains where Wizard Chess is played

v. the theme of alcohol brewing villages

vi. gambling wizards

vii. wizards prison

viii. wizards needing to earn money

ix. the central character of an empowered child wizard

x. Wizard special Hospitals

 

However his literary agent advised him that the work needed some re-writing and was densely packed with themes and concepts that needed expansion and development.   

 

Adrian Jacobs was impatient to publish and not wishing to re-write , Adrian commissioned an illustrator- Nick Tidnam RBA and retained him to illustrate the manuscript. Cecil Turner of Bachman Turner published the book in October 1987. Some 5000 copies were printed. Adrian sent a large number of copies of the highly colourful finished book to his literary agent. Adrian Jacobs visited several schools and read extracts from AWTW.  The book was reviewed in papers including the Daily Express.

 

Adrian wrote a sequel- Holiday Antics, which was passed as a manuscript to his  literary agent but never published.  Here on the website we include for your pleasure some of the visionary themes from Adrian Jacobs’ Holiday Antics manuscript. (©1987 ©2008)

 

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Background to publication in 1987 of The Adventures of Willy the Wizard
By Adrian Jacobs with Illustrations by Nick Tidnam © 1987
Illustrations by Nick Tidnam