04:48AM, Tuesday 29 October 2013
A veteran councillor has followed in the footsteps of his successful TV comedy writer son - by publishing his own book.
Father-of-three Antony Wood, 72, of Newton Lane, Old Windsor, used to be a Liberal Democrat councillor and cabinet member on the Royal Borough.
In recent years he and his wife Ursula have proudly watched as son James' sitcom Rev - about a contemporary London vicar - became a smash hit.
Last week, James' new series the political comedy Ambassadors started on BBC 2 - starring the top comedy team of David Mitchell and Robert Webb as officials trying to keep the British flag flying in a corrupt Middle Eastern country.
But now James' dad has fulfilled a lifetime ambition of his own, by publishing his autobiography called Never the Same River.
In fact he first thought of doing it when James was still a schoolboy studying at St George's School in Windsor.
Antony said: "I spent years just collecting memories and writing them down until I began putting it together in earnest five years ago."
It meant reliving some painful childhood memories.
Antony said: "My father was the Rector at Elstree and my mother suffered seriously from depression.
"It made things difficult because it simply was not understood in those days. It was seen as a disgrace, particularly in a vicar's wife."
He joined the army at 18 where he was commissioned as an officer, serving in Aden during a dangerous period.
He said: "I was ADC to the general there at a time when soldiers were being ambushed and killed.
"There were terrorists in the hills watching us, the police were mutinous. If a car had backfired it could have kicked off and I might not be here today."
Antony's book costs £11.99. Visit here for more details.
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