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BILL AUSTIN served as a Higher Executive Officer with HM Customs & Excise (HM C&E) between 1977 and 2007 in the UK (including Northern Ireland), Republic of Ireland and France. Concurrently, he also served as a Territorial Army officer from commissioning at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1985. Between 1999 and 2007 Bill served on continuous “Special Leave” for those eight years from HM C&E to the UK Regular Army, in the rank of major, serving in anti-smuggling roles on four Operational Tours; one United Nations tour in Sierra Leone, West Africa, and three NATO tours in the Balkans.
Bill has written various political papers and articles, and has published two books. Front Line Duty, is an important addition to the ongoing debate around the upcoming Scottish Independence Referendum. Much of the defence and security debate has revolved around questions about NATO, Trident, and intelligence – this is the first major work to consider customs and borders through a security framework which could underpin Scottish physical and financial security more generally.
Free Scotland is Bill’s first fiction novel. It's a political, military action thriller, which sets out a sequence of events that ultimately spark an armed rebellion. Both books are available from Amazon, Waterstones, WHSmith and Independent book stockists.
Bill is currently working on his next book.