Tessa West


This website will tell you about my writing and about me. I hope it will interest you and make you want to read more of my work.



Both of my newest books have required plenty of historical research which is a part of writing which I enjoy greatly.

In the Wake of War, published by Durpey-Allen, is a collection of short stories about life in prisoner-of-war depots. Half the stories are written by men who actually experienced imprisonment in such places, while the other half, which I myself have written, are about the people who held them there.

My latest novel is As Best We Can. It’s the story of a fictional family living in a real place – a village near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk - in WW1 and in the years immediately afterwards.

And there's news from abroad. My biography of John Howard has been translated into Russian, and, as author of the biography, I attended an event in Kherson, Ukraine (where Howard died) to commemorate the 225th anniversary of his death. It is intriguing that he is remembered and admired there far more than he is here.


I am available to give readings and talks, and to run writing workshops. I work with U3As, local history groups, WIs, libraries and schools.

Please contact me if you would like to discuss how I might best contribute to your organisation.


I have worked for the Literary Consultancy reading manuscripts and mentoring writers for many years. I have discovered that helping people to improve their writing means that I reflect more on my own work: a real benefit.
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My novels can be now be bought as e-books from Amazon's Kindle Store as well as in paperback format.

The Estuary

The Reed Flute

Companion to Owls

As Best We Can

also I have a new paperback available from Amazon -

In the Wake of War
a book of short stories, some fiction, some true.

site last updated: 07-08-15