The Homekeeper’s Diary 2021


“People like Francis Brennan smile, and make others smile. He is the living proof that happiness is not a goal. It is a by-product of how we behave” Sunday Independent

‘Life can deal us any kind of a hand, good or bad. Often, it’s a bit of both, and the only difference is what we make of it. And that’s the subject of this book – how we handle what life throws at us, and learn to make the most of it. In short, it’s a book about happiness.’

Full of warm and witty anecdotes, Francis Brennan shares his deeply personal memoirs while letting us in on the secret to his success – his belief in happiness. By counting his blessings such as his childhood, family, friendships, career, travel, spirituality, home life and public life, he outlines what matters to him and what has sustained him in life, and shows how learning to be happy is the most important gift you can give yourself.

By sharing how he has dealt with the ups and downs of his life, he shows that happiness is something you choose, rather than it choosing you.



The Homekeeper’s Diary 2021

Publication Date September 18 2020

Francis Brennan has been keeping a diary every day since he received one for Christmas as a young boy in 1966. He made a New Year’s resolution that he would write in it daily and has kept that resolution every year since. Every evening, no matter what, he writes a couple of lines each day as his aide-memoire. Known across the country for his impeccable taste and high standards when it comes to home management the hotelier could not be better placed to create his own Homekeeper’s Diary for planning the year ahead.

The Homekeeper’s Diary 2021 offers readers a space to record it all, from important dates, to scheduling, shopping lists, and keeping daily personal records. It also includes Francis’ expert advice on cleaning, gardening, cookery, and all other aspects of household management.

Peppered throughout with hilarious anecdotes from Francis’ experiences in the hotel trade and his sage advice, , it offers readers both a traditional diary with the space for recording the year and all the practical tips needed to ensure domestic bliss in 2021!

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