A pensioner has become Britain’s oldest first-time author after writing a book – aged 94.
Retired minister Cyril Grant MBE began life wanting to be a journalist but after a failed interview decided to join the church.
But now the pensioner has finally found time to sit down and pen the book he has always wanted to write.
Cyril – who set up a branch of the Samaritan’s in his home town of Bristol – has written a book about the entertaining and unconventional life of a man of the cloth.
He said: “I was always interested in writing and as a very young man I wanted to be a journalist. I did have an interview for a job but I was turned down.
“That’s when I decided to go to the ministry. I was happy as a minister but the writing bug never left me. And so here I am today, publishing my first book at the age of 94.”
Cyril, who met his wife, Dolores, in California whilst travelling, brought the Samaritan’s to Bristol in the 1980s. He was later rewarded for his efforts with an MBE in 2012.
This year Cyril found time to write the book called “A Good Samaritan”, is based, with the help of his co-author John Funnell and publishing company SilverWood Books.
John said: “Cyril had a lot written down but some of the story needed bringing up to date, and there was a lot that needed to be typed up.
“I didn’t really mind doing it as he is a dear friend and a thoroughly good man. It’s been a pleasure to help him realise his dream.”
Helent Hart, publishing director at SilverWood Books, added: “Cyril’s book was a pleasure to work on.
“He is an amazing person – vibrant and warm. It’s an honour to have been able to get to know him and learn more about his life and works.”