Tony Parsons immortalises Heathrow life

Tony Parsons immortalises Heathrow life

It’s one of the only places you’ll find joy alongside heartache; excitable welcome-homes next to desperate goodbyes and now parts of a new book about the highs and lows of airport-life will be read live on Facebook, prior to its release.

Literary history will be made tomorrow when a preview of Tony Parsons’ new work, Departures: Seven Stories from Heathrow, which delves into the inner workings of one of the world’s busiest airports, will be read by him live from Terminal 5 and streamed onto Facebook.

The author and journalist was given unprecedented access after agreeing to live in the airport for a week in August, himself experiencing some of the poignant emotions when he said goodbye to emigrating friends and met a long-lost relative.

Heathrow’s online fans will hear stories about behind-the-scenes workers such as the air traffic control and immigration officers, as well as pilots and some of the thousands of travellers passing through every day. The many people who met Parsons are eager to find out if they inspired a character in his collection of short stories.

With 5,000 copies of the book – Parsons’ 13th – also being given out free to passengers in all terminals, be sure to keep an eye out if you’re heading there tomorrow.

The live reading will take place at 3pm via, and the collection of stories goes on general sale on Thursday 27 October through HarperCollins.

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