One of Buchan’s most famous sons has released the book which completes the trilogy recording his lifetime.
Jack Webster has enjoyed a life of adventure as a respected and highly-commended journalist, meeting the rich and famous and experiencing what the world has to offer.
From his upbringing in Maud – where he survived a serious heart condition and had to overcome a debilitating stammer – to a glittering career which took him all over the world, it has been an incredible journey and a life well lived Fulfilling a boyhood dream, Jack became a journalist at the age of 16 when he started work at the Turriff Advertiser.
He later moved on to the Evening Express and The Press and Journal in Aberdeen, before joining the Scottish Daily Express in Glasgow.
After a highly successful period as a features writer with the Express, he became a popular columnist with The Herald.
He has since retired, but has also recently written a number of plays, including the critically acclaimed The Life of Grassic Gibbon.
Now, to complete his autobiographical trilogy, A Final Grain of Truth brings his story up to date, reliving magical encounters with incredible people like Charlie Chaplin, Muhammad Ali, Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, Field Marshal Montgomery, Barnes Wallis, Richard Rodgers (of Rodgers and Hammerstein fame), Hitler’s friend and mentor Dr Ernst Hanfstaengl, Christine Keeler, oil billionaire Paul Getty and a host of others as he reflects on his work, his life and his own remarkable story.
Jack tells of how he became a ghost-writer for Muhammed Ali when he came to Glasgow and took the place by storm. When they drove to Burns’ Cottage in Ayr, the great man sat in the Bard’s chair and began to versify. Then Ali turned up at Glasgow’s Western Infirmary - and nearly caused the matron to faint.
Of his fascinating encounters with women, Jack Webster reveals how, like John Profumo, he once landed in a bedroom, alone, with the notorious Miss Christine Keeler.
Add to all that his close encounters with dramas ranging from the Lockerbie disaster to the frightening nights in Belfast at the height of the Troubles in Northern Ireland – and you begin to understand what this book is all about.
Full of wonderful anecdotes and written with style and panache, A Final Grain of Truth is entertaining, heartwarming and full of enlightening insights and reflections culled from a life rich with experience.
This will make an ideal Christmas gift for yourself or a loved one - and Jack will be signing his book this Saturday at 1pm in Aberdeen’s WH Smith store in the St Nicholas Centre.