Troubador Aitch: A Life in Colour

Released: 02/01/2014

ISBN: 9781783062072

Format: Hardback

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Aitch: A Life in Colour

Conversations with my hair stylist


We’ve all chatted with our hair stylist. But how often do our conversations reveal extraordinary stories of a life full of colour, glamour and drama?

A Life in Colour tells the remarkable story of Aitch Peters, a leading international hair stylist, through a series of conversations with his client Jill King, at the Sassoon salon in the City of London.

Through their conversations – lively, funny and at times shocking – Aitch’s inspirational story is told, from his humble beginnings in Dominica to a life of creativity, glamour and adventure. As Aitch styles Jill’s hair, his experiences, thoughts and creative inspirations are explored and brought vividly to life.

Aitch’s career began when he walked through the doors of the Sassoon Academy in 1973. From there he rose to become a creative director in London, Munich and Los Angeles. His celebrity clients have included everyone from Mariah Carey, Faye Dunaway, Jody Watley, Tracey Ullman, Whoopi Goldberg and Nicolas Cage, to the Reverend Jesse Jackson and the First Lady of the Philippines. He’s worked with leading photographers including David Bailey, Annie Leibovitz, Lord Lichfield and Terry O’Neil, and his work has featured in Italian Vogue, Harpers & Queen and Tatler magazine.

The book also describes the relationship between hair stylist and client. While Aitch and Jill appear to be the most unlikely of couples, they gradually come to appreciate the parallels in their lives and values.

This innovative biography will appeal to those in the world of hairdressing, people who enjoy fashion, beauty and glamour, and anyone intrigued by an unusual story.

An extremely glamorous book launch party was held on 13 November in the Sassoon salon in the City of London with over 250 invited guests, exquisite canapés, champagne, beautiful flowers and a red carpet. The first book launch ever in a hair salon!

On 10 December 2013 Aitch and Jill were invited onto the Robert Elms show on BBC Radio London 94.9FM to talk about their book. The whole programme was devoted to hairdressing with listeners calling in with their good and bad hair stories. Robert Elms was very enthusiastic about Aitch: A Life in Colour, recommending it to his listeners.

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Aitch: A Life in Colour is an inspiring book, especially for anyone in the hairdressing world; it is extremely entertaining, full of humour, compassion and wonderful detail. I've never met Aitch, but Jill has captured his colourful personality so well that I feel I know him. I couldn't put the book down once I started reading it. I am recommending it to all my clients and friends in the hairdressing trade."

by Jill Dennis, Independent senior hairstylist

Jill King's debut book Aitch: A Life in Colour has clever subtlety. Its pages provide exciting and often emotional stories, and powerful imagery. It's clever. Full of self-effacing wisdom and friendship, the characters grow close to your heart. If a book makes me smile and sometimes chuckle as the pages turn, it's a success. Jill King's book Aitch: A Life in Colour did exactly that.

by Evie Serventi, Freelance editor and writer

Very much enjoyed reading about Aitch's stories.... Super launch event the first ever at a Vidal Sassoon salon. Aitch excels at glamour, grooming and style and at the Ave Marie Salon he is superb at getting the best out of customers, me included....

by Penelope a Customer

Jill King

Jill spent the first 30 years of her professional life as an HR Director in large organisations including Tesco, KPMG and the leading global law firm Linklaters LLP. In January 2012 she hung up her corporate high heels to pursue her writing career. She is a well known commentator on the professions and has recently written her first non-business book Aitch: A Life in Colour, which tells the extraordinary story of her hair stylist through a series of conversations in the Sassoon salon in the City.

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Aitch Peters and Jill King at their book launch
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