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The Rising Son: The Story of a Boy, a Pub, a War and a Remarkable Woman Paperback – 19 Jan 2006


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  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse UK (19 Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1420894374
  • ISBN-13: 978-1420894370
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,226,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Kelso ran a London advertising creative consultancy - two men and a blank layout pad - for many years. He was the copywriting part of the sketch and thrived during that short-lived period before, as the Times put it, 'advertising fell out of love with words'. In this more-or-less freelance capacity he worked for many major advertising agencies and some of the world's leading brands. Armed with an HB pencil and pocket sharpener he worked on projects in Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Germany and Sweden. He eventually became the ex-Design & Art Directors Association member of whom six subsequent D&AD Presidents said: ''who?''His book, 'The Rising Son' has nothing to do with his advertising career. Well, hardly anything.As well as writing, he also works as a painter. He paints industrial architecture, townscapes, landscapes, portraits and still life. Many pictures are based on London buildings, most of which have since been demolished - not as direct result of being depicted. His interest in industrial architecture stems from the fact that he used to paint outdoors, in front of the scene itself. One of the few places you can do this undisturbed is on derelict industrial wasteland. He uses acrylics on gesso panels as well as dry-brush watercolour and pencil on board and paper. He has exhibited in galleries throughout Britain and also in America. He has regularly shown at The Royal Academy and at other London venues including The Royal Festival Hall and The London Stock Exchange. His paintings are in private collections in Britain, America, Australia and Sweden and prints have been sold worldwide. His book, 'The Rising Son' has nothing to do with his painting career. Well, hardly anything. He is married with two children and lives in Oxfordshire.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Kettle on 26 Jun. 2011
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This is a superbly enjoyable and entertaining memoir of life in WW2 London; and of a busy life spent post war. If you are also a fan of Chelsea Football Club; if you happened to drink in the Rising Sun pub opposite its main gates; or even if you are just one of the many millions who happened to be around at the time, this vivid recreation is worth your attention. It brings alive the city, the pub, the club and the people who have lived there, and it does so with enough wit to get you chuckling, with enough skill to have you eagerly turning the pages, and with enough feeling to move you as well. As I put the book down I found myself hoping there will be a second volume.
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Such a great story and so beautifully written too. I was captivated. Read the entire book in just two sitting and really didn't want it to end. On the face of, nothing of any great significant in the scheme of things happens in these pages - but these seemingly small stories, within the greater story, clearly mean much to the author. He writes in a seductive and gentle way that draws you into his life as he recalls it. There's no pathos and no-self pity. Moreover I had the curious sensation of being there with him, sort of observing his memories in the way he was revisiting them as he wrote them down. Both slightly, but only slightly disquieting but at the same time intriguing. The characters, all of them real too, and the streets, the buildings and emotions are all there. Even the sad bits are funny. I do so hope he writes a follow-up. All in a wonderful read and despite being a cynical reader I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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By MMH on 25 July 2011
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I was 9 months old when I was taken to the Rising Sun and I was 29 years old when I left. My brother arrived 4 years later. When he announced recently that he was writing about our shared childhood I was quite taken aback. However he has always had a way with words and when I came to read it I was amazed how much it bought to mind things I thought I had forgotten long ago - even to the pattern on the lino. I remember watching the crowds from our living room arriving and departing every time Chelsea were at home and hearing the roar of the crowd when Chelsea scored. I hope others enjoy reading this lovely account of our childhood.
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By Worplesdon on 12 July 2011
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A great read. As a youngster I was often tethered outside the Rising Sun, a bag of crisps and a bitter lemon in hand, while my dad "nipped in" to celebrate (or more often drown his sorrows) after a Saturday home game. I used to wonder what it was like inside. Now I know. It's more than that, of course: it's a beautiful evocation of a particular time and place, both utterly changed now. It is very moving and very funny - what more could anyone want in a book?
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By Lisa Hamill on 30 Jun. 2011
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I loved this book. It had me laughing from start to finish and skirted beautifully around the sentimental stuff with enough feeling to be touching and enough humour to keep your feet on the ground. You can't beat a book where you feel part of the plot and I often wished I was there with him. Even when he was trapped in the dumb waiter or treading carefully where the Dur-Durs had gone before. Encore!
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