As the eldest daughter of a prolific letter writer, Jane Torday received hundreds of letters from her father over the years. From irreverent advice and hilarious family anecdotes to moments of great poignancy, Roger Mortimer's missives are a touching and witty portrait of his life and relationships over the years.
Dearest Jane begins with Roger's time as a young army officer in Egypt, and then as a POW in the Second World War, where his sense of humour endured despite the conditions. Jane accompanies her father's letters with her own memories and anecdotes, as we meet familiar characters such as Nidnod, Lupin and Lumpy, and learn more about the extended family, friends and pets who leap from the pages of his letters.
This is an arresting and extraordinary record, not only of Roger Mortimer's life but also of the history of an entire family between 1960 and 1991. Sparkling with the dry wit for which Mortimer's letters are famous, and accompanied by an affectionate personal portrait, this book will delight both old and new readers.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 432
Weight: 562 g
Dimensions: 223 x 139 x 44 mm
A tender, hilarious, perceptive and sometimes painfully honest account of a daughter's love for her father, this latest addition to the Mortimer family correspondence comes from Dear Lupin's 'bossy elder sister'. Every family should have one. Jane Torday, though her book depends on the wit and wisdom of letters from her Dad, is a natural writer with a strong sense of narrative drive. As a portrait of a family - mother Nidnod, father Roger, siblings Lupin and Lumpy, it is sharply observed as well as memorably affectionate. Above all, it is Roger Mortimer who is the star of the show. His final request: 'I don't want a memorial service, just a quick fry up.' Fabulous stuff -- Elizabeth Luard
Readers will love [Jane Torday's] book ... Roger Mortimer was far too beautiful a writer for his best work to have stayed in a box * The Times *
Another golden hoard of correspondence from that epistolary genius... -- Roger Mortimer, Tatler
One of publishing's least expected success stories * Spectator *
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