In 2015, my father-in-law died and we inherited a Jago Stone watercolour of my wife's childhood family house and one untitled oil painting by Jago.
We already had the oil painting Jago had given to my wife, Louise, in 1970 when she was a teenager. He had decided to move on from the Gerrard’s Cross district in Buckinghamshire after arriving around 1968 and this was his parting gift.
Three other oil paintings by Jago had already been passed to us by my wife’s parents in their lifetime, works they had either commissioned or bought. We liked living with his work and admired the expressive and raw emotion of the oils and the charm of the watercolours.
With the arrival of the World Wide Web, we began to google ‘Jago Stone’ and became intrigued by what we found. Over the years, more information emerged.
In 2015, I finished writing ‘The Road to Corbyn’ and the idea of writing a biography of Jago Stone began to emerge. By now, I had splashed out on one of the very few copies available of ‘The Burglar’s Bedside Companion’, Jago’s own out-of-print autobiographical account of part of his life. I was hooked. His was a story worth telling and hearing.
This is necessarily a detective story. It is a journey into the unknown, dependent on following on-line trails. This website, my blogs and my Mailchimp newsletter will keep you up to date. But the power of the oils and the charm of the water-colours are firm fixtures in this story, as is his own published writing.
I completed the draft of 'Jago' by the beginning of March 2018 and began the search for a literary agent who would be able to find a publisher. It is now early May and I wait on replies from half a dozen agents who can take 6 - 8 weeks to respond. This path to publication may well be a long and winding trail.