The Bookseller, Editors Choice, 1 May 2015: "After his high-profile advertising and marketing career was cut short by an old rugby injury, the author - co-founder of Lovereading.co.uk - started a blog entitled 'A Different Hat', in which he shares his observations on life and human behaviour, and challenges politicians to seek more creative solutions. 'Ideas for Britain' collects his posts on a wide range of subjects: from the cruel effects of austerity policies and the impact of social media, to exciting new thinking for the NHS. His observations are often thought-provoking - and frequently provoke much nodding from me."
3 out of 5 stars
For a collection of blog posts, it is easy to read with a certain educational value. Following the values of integrity and consistence with examples from media, advertising, sport or politics, it dissects and inspires, selects and makes distinctions. A good inspiration for young people considering to join the world of advertising!
by Ilana WD
5 out of 5 stars
I loved Thoughts on Life and Advertising from start to finish, both on a personal and professional level.
I took away plenty nuggets of wisdom, many of which draw on Hugh's fascinating (and often courageous) life experiences, and others from people he finds inspirational.
Genuinely the most I've ever used the highlight function on my Kindle!
One of the final chapters is 'Do you brighten the space you occupy?', which is something I already try to live by - and something that Hugh's words have achieved in this book.
by Sarah Roberts
What an entertaining read. I loved it. Hugh Salmon has an amazing eye for detail and the ability to turn every day foibles into literary gold.
by Claire Meadows
Hugh's advertising career began at Ogilvy & Mather in London. At the age of 31, Ogilvy appointed him to manage O&M Thailand, an office of nearly 400 people.
In the 1990s, his career was interrupted by his discovery of fraud at an advertising agency of which he was Managing Director. When he reported the fraud to his Head Office, not only was Hugh fired, but his company told lies about him to cover up their fraudulent activities. Through clearing his name and recovering his reputation, Hugh became recognised as 'respected throughout the industry' in Campaign magazine's 'A List' of Who's Who in Marketing and Advertising.
After his career was affected by physical disability caused by a rugby injury, Hugh witnessed the suffering that disabled people are forced to endure. He realised that the understanding of human behaviour and the creative talent he had worked with in advertising could be better applied to improving society as a whole.
His challenging observations on life and human behaviour have featured in his respected blog as ‘A Different Hat’ on the marketing website Brand Republic and on Huffington Post.