â€˜I was born into a time you now study at school as historyâ€¦â€™
First conceived as a personal memoir to give his grandchildren â€“ all born in the 1990s â€“ some sense of what life was like two generations earlier, Brian Kitsonâ€™s Tales of a Grandfather has a resonance beyond its familial origins.
Readers can follow Brianâ€™s colourful progress from his earliest years to his mid-twenties, through a wartime childhood, disturbed family relationships, postwar Cambridge undergraduate life and National Service in Counter-Intelligence. Brian also discusses his great love of different kinds of music, including his unusual experiences as the pianist in a jazz ensemble.
Written with the same detail, intelligence and wit as his previous book, Burberry Days (also published by Austin Macauley), Brian Kitsonâ€™s Tales of a Grandfather is a fascinating portrait of a time, a family and a man.