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Tony Parsons to become Heathrow writer in residence

3rd August 2011

Author Tony Parsons is to become the writer in residence at Heathrow airport today, staying at the hub for a whole week while he compiles stories for a new book.

Parsons will be residing at the airport's Hilton hotel until next Wednesday (August 10th) and will spend his days speaking to staff and travellers heading to destinations around the world.

Their tales will be brought together in his upcoming book, Departures: Seven Stories from Heathrow, which is due to be published in October.

Parsons described airports as 'places of extreme emotion' and cited Arthur Hailey's novel Airport as an inspiration for the new project

He added: 'Often when we travel we find ourselves in such a hurry to get to our end destination that we fail to appreciate the individual stories and moments happening before us.'

Parsons is the second author to fill the role of writer in residence at Heathrow, following in the footsteps of Alain de Botton, who wrote A Week at the Airport: A Heathrow Diary after spending seven days at the hub in 2009.

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