New Memoir Recounts the Adventures of a Real 1960s Ad Man

All I Ever Wanted To Be Was An Ad Man

Anthony Eglin

All I Ever Wanted to Be Was an Ad Man by Anthony Eglin

Any reader will be able to identify Eglin as a man of irrepressible optimism, deft insights and dry wit. But there’s more to his story that comes through loud and clear in this well-written tale.”

— BookTrib

UNITED STATES, March 11, 2024 / — Anthony Eglin’s five-decade life story begins in childhood, dodging bombs and Hitler’s V-1 rockets, in wartime London. During those nightly air raids, young Anthony found escape under the family’s sturdy old dining table, drawing pictures with pencil on paper. Unknown to him, his future journey was already in the making, shaped by a recurring dream about advertising that, more often than not, ended with his achieving fortune and fame as an ad man.

The full story of Anthony’s remarkable journey is revealed in his just-released memoir, All I Ever Wanted to Be Was an Ad Man (Gatekeeper Press).

Little did Eglin know back then that his future would hold far more than advertising alone. His curiosity, drive, ambition, and lust for life spread to many other fascinating vocations: rock-band manager, filmmaker, bike racer, antiques collector and dealer, New Orleans Jazz clarinetist, accomplished gardener, wholesale bakery owner, and an award-winning author of six mystery books that have received high praise from Publishers Weekly, the Washington Post, San Diego Tribune, Booklist and others.

The story is filled with touching anecdotes and a cast of fascinating characters who influenced him — from his first job in advertising at a small commercial art studio in London where he was tasked with designing hundreds of postage-stamp-size ads for newspaper travel sections, to the five-decade, single-minded climb to the pinnacle of his profession.

Eglin tracks his career with great precision, taking readers through every interview, interaction, strategy and decision. The book is filled with entertaining and informative narratives and case studies. Whether it’s a high-profile client pleading to have his ad campaign suspended because he can no longer keep up with ad-driven sales, or orchestrating the first-ever fashion show to be held in Alcatraz Island Prison, Eglin lets us into many sides of the world of advertising and promotion.

He peppers his narrative with on-the-job business challenges and the thought process behind solving them with advertising and marketing solutions. This book will certainly be helpful to those who might be considering a job in the field someday – or simply those readers intrigued by a good story.

Says BookTrib, “Any reader will be able to identify with Eglin as a man of irrepressible optimism, deft insights and dry wit. But there’s more to his life story. That comes through loud and clear in this well-written tale.”

All I Ever Wanted to Be Was an Ad Man is available on Amazon and other popular retail outlets where books are sold.


English-born Anthony Eglin, former owner and partner of two award-winning San Francisco advertising agencies, is also an award-winning author of six British mystery novels, including The Blue Rose, judged France’s best mystery novel of 2006, and The Alcatraz Rose, an International Book Awards first-place winner. After his long career in the ad business he wrote and directed seven award-winning documentaries featuring British Gardens, Roses, and how-to gardening shows. His former Northern California garden was winner of Garden Magazine’s Golden Trowel Award, for best U.S. Rose Garden. At home, you’ll most likely find him in his garden; if not, in the kitchen, with his talented wife Suzie, cooking up a gastronomical dish under the officious eye of their cat, Feral Frankie. Visit

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