A CHESHIRE gent has written up the story of his colourful life, creating a kind of wealthy bachelor’s guide to survival.
Nigel Kenyon’s autobiography, entitled Playing on a Shoestring – sporting bachelor at large, portrays a man who probably doesn’t know the true meaning of the word “shoestring” but certainly knows how to play.
Nigel, 67, who recently moved to Tilston, wrote, published and distributed his book which has so far sold 1,200 copies both here and in the United States where he lived for 10 years.
The book is peppered with references to the glamorous women he has loved, the parties he has attended and his passion for racquet sports and classical music.
“I wrote it for fun and there is quite a bit of family history,” he told The Chronicle. “Sometimes when people write autobiographies they fabricate stuff around it along the lines of “wish I had” or “wannabe”.
“This is fact furnished by certain jokes and stories.”
Immediately Nigel recalls one tale from the book about a man who whose wife ran off with his gamekeeper and returned early from a trip to find the interloper dressed in his suit.
Nigel, who was born in Scotland but brought up in Goostrey, Cheshire, says he himself has always enjoyed the company of women although he has “retired” from chasing the opposite sex and has settled down with his partner Jane.
“There has never been any predatory activity nor anything with somebody else’s wife. I take a dim view of that.”
Nigel, who has been married twice in his life, has a son, Philip, by his first wife, who is a successful stock-broker in London.
His family made their wealth from a textile mill in Bury, Lancashire, although he did not inherit his wealth and has worked for what he has, mainly through a brokerage which bought and sold companies.
He loves countryside sports but has strong views on how such pursuits should be modernised. He is also political and stood as a parliamentary candidate for UKIP in 2001.
And Nigel is keen not to be seen as a hedonist. He recounts collecting sports and recreation equipment for poor black youngsters in New York.
The book, priced £10, is available from www.kenbiz.co.uk and proceeds from books sold through Tilston Village Shop will go towards Tilston playing fields.