“I laughed my way to sleep last night with the first 52 pages! Only another 1,000 to go!"
Peter Rand, Warwickshire, UK
“A really great fun read. A lot of laughs out loud, and for me, it was a witty and nostalgic look back at the sixties and just how much has changed in our world!”
V. Harwood, Wahroonga, Australia
“Patrick’s journey through life, the events and the famous people who cross his path, put his memoirs up their with Forrest Gump. An entertaining read, hard to put down.”
M. Milic, Sydney, Australia
“A revealing and hilarious account of his adventures through childhood and the highs, lows, plus ultimate success within the hospitality industry. As a writer, Patrick delivers what most only promise: a compelling drive to keep reading.”
Brett Morell, Cambridgeshire, UK
“The beginning brought me to tears as it was so beautifully written, thank you so much. I have just started reading the start of your career after Amsterdam and being at the Castle Hotel in Norwich, it is going to be very difficult to put this book down...
I have finished the second volume and thoroughly enjoyed it...Well done to you, you have a winner on your hands.”
Lorely Ellis, Eastbourne, UK
“He has written a wonderful, hard to put down record full of anecdotes and laughs as he rose in the hotel industry over the years from Plonger (washing the dishes) to Regional Managing Director of Orient-Express Hotels.”
Jill Tweed, Chichester, UK
“The Grand Life is about the life and times of a traditional hotelier. Patrick is a natural raconteur, bon vivant and gifted storyteller. He offers the reader a fascinating insight into his personal journey from 1950’s English schoolboy to becoming a visionary hotelier in what is fast becoming a bygone era. It is a cultural and historical record told lovingly with his trademark English charm, wit and humour. Only a person with Patrick’s life experience could pen such a highly readable, fascinating and historically significant tale.”
Christine Whyte, Sydney, Australia
“I found it an easy informative read with some delightful reflections on your personality. All the way through from Norwich to Coventry there seemed to be a career plan although not always under your control, the De Vere Senior Management structure was often too set in its ways. Luckily this did not frustrate your drive, ambition and enthusiasm. You were happy to take ‘risks’ or initiatives to ensure the success of the business.
The trilogy is aimed at readers from within the hospitality industry who I feel sure will relate to it. Readers outside the industry might start to understand the fascination of the industry where no day is ever the same and different challenges arise, usually out of the blue, that have to be met with a calming smile and a solution. Those daily different challenges, whether its dealing with celebrities or a plumbing leak, are what the industry is about. This book captures those and brings them to light, in an entertaining way...
A fascinating insight into the world of international travel and luxury hotels - Patrick's stories spell out the trials and tribulations of opening not one but two luxury hotels, in a different country. He tells how his management philosophies about the hospitality industry were sometimes challenged but he stood firm. His encounters with royalty, celebrities and guests, as well as protesting locals, provide a colourful portrait of how the hospitality industry differs every day. A very entertaining read!
Alan Willis, Nottinghamshire, UK