Robin Sheppard had always seemed like a lucky guy! Proud father of two sons in their late teens, Sam the eldest (the musical one) and Charlie (the artistic one); still good friends with his first wife Georgina known always as George and partnered by the effervescent and indomitable Suzanne known by all as Suzi; when his hitherto contented life took a different turn. He had bounded through 50 years of an unfettered existence working in places that didn't feel like any factory or office you might know. A universe largely comprising five star hotels set in manicured gardens, with fine wines, fabulous foie gras, and outrageous flower arrangements, speckled with well heeled customers in which the anticipation of their needs was paramount. After growing up in Bath he had become an hotelier who delighted in operating some of the very best of Britain's hotels, winning hotel of the year prizes along the way, before founding with some like minded chums, his own specialist hotel operating group. Ending up in London he presided over an empire of a dozen or so glamorous hotels which featured architecture of the grade one variety, decadent decor, period fixtures in capability parkland surroundings, and food of the highest standard. His was an untroubled workplace. Taking time out along the way to invent the truly iconic, deep blue, skittle shaped, Ty-Nant mineral water business and then a niche adult soft drinks business he became an entrepreneur without ever knowing it and a role model for many a novice hotel student along the way. Then things changed. A Solitary Confinement is the inspirational story of Robin's encounter with Guillain-Barre syndrome. "It's a great read, sad and funny. The piquancy of the humour sits right up there with Tony Hancock in the Blood Donor when he asked for a badge to be inscribed, 'nothing pretentious, just they gave that others might live'......" Andrew Mourant, 'The Independent' "Magnificent, he ought to change jobs, retire somewhere gorgeous and just carry on writing ..." Dominic Walsh, 'The Times'
Magnificent, he ought to change jobs, retire somewhere gorgeous and just carry on writing... -- Dominic Walsh, The Times
When faced with this sort of experience, suddenly life's little miseries seem so trivial. It will give a lot of people a new look at their lives and I thank him for it -- Stuart Harrison, `Caterer and Hotelkeeper'
Whenever the author has crossed my path, he has always had a positive effect on me. This script is no exception. The positive mindset may be no great surprise, but the reminder to us all as you get well into your `career tunnel' to look after yourself better, and enjoy the process, not just blast on, head down toward an end result, is one, I'm sure not only I will take from these words -- Malcolm Lindley, Chairman `Estate Agents Guild'
Incredible, indefatigable, intelligent, ingenious, indelible, incandescent -- Peter Jewkes, `The Fountainhead', Spanish Correspondent
It's a great read, sad and funny. The piquancy of the humour sits right up there with Tony Hancock in the Blood Donor when he asked for a badge to be inscribed, `nothing pretentious, just they gave that others might live -- Andrew Mourant, The Independent
One of those God sent things that makes you re-examine and reassess your own personal life, motives, aims, ambitions and fears... Overall, a humbling event perhaps, but with the friendship and support of those you love coming to the fore Sheppard counts his blessings... for each and every one of them helped him through his ordeal -- Ali Vowles, BBC TV and Radio Broadcaster
Number Of Pages: 264
Published: 22nd October 2007
Publisher: Panoma Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.39