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David West

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David West graduated in engineering science from the University of Oxford. During a career in engineering and project management he was commissioned by Gower Publishing (now Taylor Francis) to write a book on Project Sponsorship. He caught the writing bug and completed the Open University creative writing and advanced creative writing courses.

He found his subject whilst reading a biography of Sir Francis Drake. Sir Anthony Standen had been Walsingham’s key spy feeding him detailed information on the preparation of the Spanish Armada. Standen was West’s mother’s maiden name. He read everything he could find about Standen and traced his family tree to discover that Sir Anthony was his 10th great-granduncle.

His first book, The Spy who Sank the Armada is a fictionalised biography of Standen. The subsequent books are historical fiction crime stories featuring Sir Anthony, and increasingly, his fictional children.

Books by David West

  • The Suggested Assassin The Suggested Assassin


  • The Spy who Sank the Armada The Spy who Sank the Armada


  • Fire and Earth Fire and Earth


  • Called to Account Called to Account


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