The Woolsack Conspiracy

The cover shows the top of Gumstool Hill on Woolsack Day, almost opposite the plaque in the wall of the Crown which commemorates the later occasion when Prince Charles did - officially - open the Races. The fictional assassination attempt takes place from just below the large chimney on the right.

A Tense Action Thriller


Tetbury in the South Cotswolds – a medieval Wool Town whose past is celebrated every year in May on Woolsack Day, when the Town is closed off and given over to all the fun of the Fair to raise money for charity – culminating in the Woolsack Races in which men, women and children compete to race up and down the awesome Gumstool Hill carrying 64 pound Woolsacks on their backs.


The action of the book takes place one year in the 1990s when it is rumoured that the Prince of Wales, who lives locally at Highgrove, is to appear incognito at the start of the Races – and this rumour is believed by a group of extreme Irish dissidents who are seeking a major publicity coup. They decide to assassinate the Prince, but their plans are overheard by a visiting student.


Thus begins a desperate cat and mouse operation between the assassins who realize that they have been overheard, and the student, Adam Craig. Can he prevent the assassination attempt after he is captured by the conspirators?


This story, set an authentic background, of menace, ingenuity and twists of fortune – with a touch of humour and romance – keeps the pages turning.


Author's note.  I was deeply involved in the organisation of Tetbury's  Woolsack Day for many years, and the original idea came from a Woolsack Committee meeting in the Crown very much along the lines of that described in Chapter Two - but the members of the Committee described are, I insist, entirely fictional (well, almost)!


Available from Amazon as an e-book or paperback, and from Authors on Line.

ISBN 0-7552-0011-X

This is a photo of the Start line outside the Crown on the later occasion when the Prince of Wales officially started the Woolsack Races. You can see the woolsacks! I am the one with the flag next to the Prince - and the Jester is seen second from the left. This is where the imagined assassination would have taken place.

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Tony | Reply 24.08.2013 18.20

I do - and I will! Woolsack is still going very well. Still developing. You should feel pleased!

Nigel Hartnup | Reply 23.08.2013 12.20

Hi Tony. An interesting idea. I must know you. I had the Cheeky Chicken and I was the original jester. Do you remember me? Nigel Hartnup.

Nigel Hartnup 24.08.2013 01.54

It was my idea to start the medieval festival to replace the old carnival. I also introduced the woolsack race. If you know George Bristow say hello from me.

Tony 23.08.2013 18.41

We came to Tetbury in 1988, and were involved from the following year for yonks! The Jester has changed iver the years. You might find the book worth reading!!!

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17.10 | 12:35

It seems really great and informative stuff to me which I will share with my dad after my Hope he will like this

06.12 | 09:35

One of your very best Tony! Hope you are both well. Christmas wishes now and to come with news when we get organised.xx

24.11 | 13:00

Great to see that all is going well. Best wishes. Jonathan

04.07 | 14:06

Hey, my next door neighbour's a poet..
...and I didn't know it!

Well done Tony, I shall peruse with interest.

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