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By: Brian Kitson

Tales of a Grandfather

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‘I was born into a time you now study at school as history…’

First conceived as a personal memoir to give his grandchildren – all born in the 1990s – some sense of what life was like two generations earlier, Brian Kitson’s Tales of a Grandfather has a resonance beyond its familial origins.

Readers can follow Brian’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 Kitson’s Tales of a Grandfather is a fascinating portrait of a time, a family and a man.

Born in Sheffield, Brian Kitson graduated in Modern Languages from Cambridge followed by Russian in the Army. He joined Burberry in 1958 and, after promoting export sales notably in the USA, he went on to run the Burberry manufacturing and wholesale business.
He left in 1980 to start his own retail and manufacturing business, while also working as a consultant, mainly in Japan.
He now divides his time between Suffolk and Arizona.

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