Novelist Tony Parsons, who spent a week living at Heathrow Airport earlier this year, returned to Terminal 5 on Thursday to read extracts from his new book.
The Man And Boy author and Daily Mirror columnist was the airport’s writer-in-residence for a week in August, where he roamed the terminals talking to travellers and staff looking for inspiration for a collection of short stories.
In an event that was also streamed on Heathrow’s Facebook page, the ex-journalist read from his book entitled Departures: Seven Stories From Heathrow – 5,000 copies of which were handed out to passengers ahead of its publication.
Speaking about his new book and the time he spent living at the airport, he said: “There’s something both magical and majestic in the way that airports allow us to connect to the world in a way that would have been unfathomable to my parents’ generation.
“I feel very fortunate for the experiences I have had as Heathrow’s writer-in-residence and for the chance to learn more about the airport’s unique history, folklore and truly global residents.
“It has opened my eyes to how Heathrow is not just a hub for physical journeys, but also very often where passengers reach a crossroads in their lives and embark on new and life-changing experiences.
“I even got caught up myself in the intense emotion that takes place here during my stay as I waved goodbye to emigrating friends and met an uncle that I hadn’t seen in two decades.”
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