This is the odyssey of a suburban bloke who blagged, lucked and laughed his way into just about every party, club, stage and hot-tub imaginable. Following his first brush with celebrity at an impressionable age, and spending his teens and twenties as, amongst other things, a journalist, publicist, club promoter, musician and DJ, Nick Valentine eventually banked in the shallows of party central. He spent 15 years as a social editor on London's celebrity canape circuit, while co-founding the Entertainment News press agency. An enterprising period acting as a social PR to the super-rich led to him co-founding three London nightclubs in quick succession. Armed with a bottle of Milk Thistle and unshakeable optimism, Nick has attended well over 5,000 parties in his time and drunk enough champagne to test the Thames barrier and occasionally made it home in time for Countdown. 'I'm a night person,' he says. 'The trouble is I'm a morning and afternoon person as well.' If Adrian Mole and Janis Joplin had a bastard lovechild, his name might very well be Nick Valentine.