DIARY: Chelgate PRO Pursey to follow Pratchett's lead

Terry Pratchett is one of the most successful authors in Britain.

Each book a best-seller, his words have won him an army of fans.

What many don't realise is that before he became a hotshot author he was

in the PR business, working as a PRO for the Central Electricity

Generating Board.

While spending his time fielding media calls for three nuclear power

stations ('Leak, what leak? Oh, that leak'), he also found time to pen

some of his early works. The rest, as they say, is history.

Now Mark Pursey, Chelgate senior counsellor, is trying to follow in

Pratchett's footsteps by writing his own novel, All Spun Out.

The title has no connection with Pratchett's spinning world, instead

drawing on the witches and goblins from his own industry.

Chapter One is already out there for all the world to see, published on

his company's website (www.chelgate.com). Chapters Two and Three have

been written and more, Pursey threatens, could follow.

But despite aspirations of a literary nature Pursey vehemently denies he

would quit the world of PR for a novelist's life: 'I love my job, I'm

not looking to change,'he said.

And after reading the first chapter, Diary wholeheartedly agrees with

his decision.

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