Paul Griffin (1956, PPE)
This covers over fifty years of an international career by Paul Griffin, a country vicar’s son in advertising, foreign banknote trading and luxury goods.
This covers over fifty years of an international career by Paul Griffin (1956, PPE), a country vicar’s son in advertising, foreign banknote trading and luxury goods.
It has a fascinating start where the author was a modern media mogul at Marlborough running the Printing Press, the Film Society and one of the School magazines! At the House, it has a lovely story of the alleged landlord of the Alice’ Shop building on St Aldate’s and lists some of the wines served at Junta dinner in 1958. No book would be without a mention of Hugh Trevor-Roper who spoke in the early eighties to a group of advertising executives in Monaco on windows of opportunity.
The Book contains details of a near-escape in Beirut; life in Oman during the Persian Gulf wars; how King Hussein met Queen Noor; dealings with the KGB in Moscow; and working with the Maktoums in Dubai. And it contains very useful facts on how to build luxury goods business in countries as different as Russia and the Gulf states.