|Andy Scott announces ‘Tales of a Page’ book signing at The Print Show
Author, PR and marketing specialist Andy Scott has confirmed that he will be appearing at this year’s Print Show at the NEC in Birmingham this month, on Stand P64, where he will be signing and selling copies of his debut book, ‘Tales of A Page’ - My working life at The Dorchester, about his late father’s time working as a page at The Dorchester Hotel in London in the early 1950s.
“I am very proud to be returning to Birmingham, and especially The Print Show, having lived in the area previously for many years, and working as I do with my own PR business for clients in the printing sector, which was one I also worked in for many years myself,” states Andy.
Andy’s debut book, ‘Tales of a Page’ is the tale of a young man’s journey from Mortlake to Park Lane. It tells of who he worked with and the stars he met whilst working there.
As Andy explains, “The aim of the book is to tell of my father’s experiences as a page boy at London’s iconic Dorchester Hotel, where he worked from 1949 for a period of five years from the age of fifteen. It’s the story of how an ordinary working-class boy, from Mortlake in South West London, grew up and got to meet and mix with some of the top celebrities of the time such as Humphrey Bogart, Judy Garland and even royalty.”
Images contained within the book depicting life at The Dorchester at that time were kindly supplied with permission by The Dorchester Collection, who supplied Andy with an image bank from that era which he was able to use. Other images contained within are from his own family archive.
Tales of a Page is the first in a series of short tales that will unfold and reveal details about his late father’s work throughout those days, and hopefully it will provide an insight into what it was like for a young, ordinary man to get his first taste of money, clothes and getting to meet and mix with some of the rich and famous of the late 1940s and early 1950s.
It is a rare and unique insight into what went on at the time from who was there to witness and experience it first-hand.
Andy continues, “Following his cancer diagnosis my father was undergoing his chemotherapy treatment in 2010, and in between his treatments and quiet moments when he was feeling up to it, I sat him down, and let him talk and reminisce about his experiences and time at the Dorchester Hotel, the result of which is contained within the chapters. I have transcribed these tales lovingly. I have at times, laughed, cried and beamed with joy just to hear his voice once again and hear the clear affection and fondness that he had for his time and experiences at such an iconic venue.”
Before he sadly passed away in 2011, Andy took his father back to The Dorchester for one last time, where he was able to look behind the scenes which Andy had arranged for him with The Dorchester.
“I know he was nostalgic and that it brought back some great memories. I hope that now its been published, these tales will help you to have just a taste, feel and experience of what it was like in that era.”
Tales of a Page is selling for £5 plus £1.35 p&p and it is already selling well with over 100 copies sold within the first month of publication.
Celebrities such as Gyles Brandreth and David Hamilton have copies, along with former Chelsea footballer Alan Hudson.
The book also introduces Andy’s father’s uncle, the wrestler Chick ‘Cocky’ Knight. Well-known as he lived in Barnes, Chick was the first British wrestler on BBCTV in 1938. He was referred to by the wrestling fraternity as, ‘London’s Loveable Villain’, which will be the title of the next book that will follow in between the next set of father’s tales. As a wrestler Chick fought all over the world, often under assumed names, and knew many celebrities, including Josef Locke, Diana Dors, Albert Pierrepoint and even appeared in a number of films, as he worked as a stuntman for one of the big film studios. This book is currently being researched and should be available sometime in 2020.
If anyone would like to buy a copy of Tales of a Page they are available for just £5 plus £1.35 p&p via PayPal account:
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