Bob the Other Builder

The Remarkable Life of Bob Woodward, property developer, mosaicist and founder of CLIC

by Pamela Linham and Simon Siddall

Bob Woodward was born in 1933 into a working-class Bristol family. Leaving school at 14, he started out as a builder and then, in partnership with his brother John, moved successfully into property development, undertaking major schemes in Wotton-under-Edge and elsewhere. He also developed a fascination for the Woodchester Roman pavement and built a remarkable replica which is on show today at Prinknash Abbey in Gloucestershire.

Faced with losing a young son to cancer, Bob was determined to change things for the better and applied his enormous energy and resourcefulness, underpinned by strong Christian faith, to `change the world of the child with cancer', founding CLIC (Cancer and Leukaemia in Childhood), one of the most successful children's charities of recent decades. Starting from a base in Bristolt, CLIC became first a national and then an international organisation.

Bob has received worldwide recognition for his charity work from figures as diverse as Mikhail Gorbachev and the Duchess of Kent, and is among a handful of Bristolians of modern times who have been awarded both an honorary doctorate by the University and the Freedom of the City.

This biography, based on extensive interviews with Bob Woodward and many of his friends and colleagues, will appeal to all who seek inspiration from an extraordinary life.

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Paperback, 288 pages, 39 illustrations

ISBN: 1 898937 69 9