“The Hotel Life of Brian” is full of anecdotes from the 25 years that Brian Wilson spent in the trade.
From rogue pet ducks in the hallway, to dodgy mystery shoppers and bumps in the night, the book is a collection of short stories recounting some of his most bizarre and hilarious experiences while running a range of catering facilities and hotels.
Brian live in Moffat for ten years before recently moving to Norfolk. During his time in Scotland he was chairman of the West Lothian Chamber of Commerce, chair of the Riverside Children’s Charity, chair of Scottish Trampolining and is also the retired assistant principal for West Lothian College.
He first joined the hospitality industry in 1964 and during his career was promoted to general manager responsible for a 170-bedroom hotel with banqueting facilities for 900.
Brian then left corporate hotels to run his own small country inn; he later purchasing a 15-bedroom city-centre hotel, which he successfully ran for three years. He later gained membership of the Institute of Hospitality from Oxford Brookes University. From there, he spent the rest of his working life in further education and spent seven years lecturing on hospitality management.
He hopes that the book- his first – will prompt readers to recount their own experiences in hotels and that it will enable those entering, or working in hospitality, to see the lighter, funnier side of the industry.
“The Hotel Life of Brian” will be available to buy from May 28, priced £8.99.