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Angus Watson

Angus Watson

With a degree in Geography from the University of Bristol in hand, Angus Watson spent his twenties backpacking around Asia, living in Sydney and London, working as a forklift truck driver and investment banker.

In his thirties he became a freelance features writer, writing chiefly for British national newspapers. Articles included looking for Bigfoot in the USA for the Telegraph, diving on the scuppered World War One German fleet at Scapa Flow for the Financial Times and swimming with Galapagos sea lions for the Times.

As Angus approached forty newspapers were crippled by the internet and could no longer pay him to do fun things, so he embarked on his lifelong desire to be a novelist.

Angus’ first historical fantasy trilogy is Age of Iron, published in 2014 and 2015. It’s an epic adventure set at the end of Briton’s Iron Age, re-telling the story of Julius Caesar’s invasion from the British point of view. The first novel was short-listed for the Morningstar Award and all his books have had much critical acclaim for their dark humour and wonderful characters.

He came up with the idea for West of West, his Vikings and Indians trilogy, while driving and hiking though North America’s magnificent landscapes and wondering went on there before the European invasion. The first book, You Die When You Die, was published in June 2017. The Land You Never Leave was published September 2018 and Where Gods Fear To Go is coming in December 2019.

Angus is married to Nicola. They have two young sons, Charlie and Otty, and two cats, Jasmine and Napa. He is a keen photographer and video games player, but most of his spare time these days is taken up playing with two small boys. The family moved to New York for Nicola’s work in 2017.
Angus is published by Orbit in the UK, Hachette in the USA and Fabryka Slow in Poland.

You can find Angus on twitter as @GusWatson, on Instagram as angus_watson_novelist and on flickr as angusw01 . His website is www.guswatson.com

Related Events

  • Angus Watson - Q&A [ENG/PL] • Friday, 26 April 2019, 16:00
  • That first novel • Friday, 26 April 2019, 17:30
  • [Panel] War... War never changes? • Friday, 26 April 2019, 19:00
  • [Panel] War... War never changes? • Friday, 26 April 2019, 19:00
  • Vikings and Indians • Friday, 26 April 2019, 20:00
  • [Autografy] Angus Watson • Saturday, 27 April 2019, 12:00
  • [Autografy] Angus Watson • Saturday, 27 April 2019, 19:30
  • [Panel] Any sufficiently advanced technology • Saturday, 27 April 2019, 13:30
  • [Panel] Hard, soft and al dente • Saturday, 27 April 2019, 18:30
  • [Panel] Hard, soft and al dente • Saturday, 27 April 2019, 18:30
  • [Panel] Why do we still enjoy worn-out themes? • Sunday, 28 April 2019, 12:00
  • [Panel] Why do we still enjoy worn-out themes? • Sunday, 28 April 2019, 12:00