I knew I would like Stanley from the moment we fi rst met. He reminded me of two of my all time heroes rolled into one ... Charles Darwin ... and ... Captain Birdseye! -- Jo Brand, comedienne, speaking the launch of the hardback version in September 2011 A brief note to say how much I enjoyed your stories, forthright opinions and lovely touches, dare I say, of whimsy, which together made up a wonderful holiday read in Florida -- Barry Davies, BBC Sports Commentator Thanks for all your excellent advice over the years and, as for your book, wow, what a wonderful read - a real page-turner! -- Digby, Lord Jones of Birmingham
About the Author
Stanley Jackson was born in Epsom and spent his early years in a council prefab. He joined the middle classes in 1966 when he married Iris and acquired the first in a series of unaffordable mortgages. Having lived in sixteen different locations, including Hong Kong, produced three children and two grandchildren, they found themselves back in Surrey. Along the way, Stanley has enjoyed two successful careers; the first as a leading authority on the use, and abuse, of occupational pension schemes; the second, as a highly respected supplier of celebrities to the corporate market, through the company he founded, Performing Artistes. He is still paying off his mortgage but hopes this book of revelations might help. His maternal grandfather, Stanley Howard Stubbs, was involved in shipping horses to France in the Great War; an heroic activity given brilliant theatrical expression in the award winning stage play Warhorse, adapted from Michael Morpurgo's book of the same name. As a result of a DNA test taken with his brother, whilst researching their family tree, his paternal lineage remains a complete mystery.