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Dear Lupin...: Letters to a Wayward Son [Hardcover]

Roger Mortimer , Charlie Mortimer
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3 May 2012
Nostalgic, witty and filled with characters and situations that people of all ages will recognise, Dear Lupin is the entire correspondence of a Father to his only son, spanning nearly 25 years. Roger Mortimer's sometimes hilarious, sometimes touching, always generous letters to his son are packed with anecdotes and sharp observations, with a unique analogy for each and every scrape Charlie Mortimer got himself into. The trials and tribulations of his youth and early adulthood are received by his father with humour, understanding and a touch of resignation, making them the perfect reminder of when letters were common, but always special. A racing journalist himself, Roger Mortimer wrote for a living, yet still wrote more than 150 letters to his son as he left school, and lived in places such as South America, Africa, Weston-super-Mare and eventually London. These letters form a memoir of their relationship, and an affectionate portrait of a time gone by.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Constable (3 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780330030
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780330037
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (453 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,434 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The year's funniest book by a mile. --THE HUMOUR BOOK OF THE YEAR in The Sunday Times

They could offer a money back guarantee if you don't laugh the publishers money would be safe. --Jeremy Paxman, The Guardian Books of the Year

This is by far the funniest book I ve read this year... It's also extremely touching. -- Evening Standard

By turns exasperated, affectionate, touching and wry, the letters brim with a father's love for his son. An absolute delight.--Daily Mail

...this book makes you cry as well as laugh.--Charles Moore, Daily Telegraph

These hilarious missives from an eccentric father to an errant son have all the playful oddity of the Dear Bill letters.--Sunday Times

Very, very funny.--Sunday Times

In an era when letter writing is a vanishing art form, this idiosyncratic collection from a father to his errant son is a delight.--Telegraph

Herein is comedy gold, unalloyed, every rift loaded with ore... a delight, a labour of fatherly love in which a deep if slightly exasperated affection is always legible between the lines.--Racing Post

Affectionate... a poignant biography.--Oldie

Entirely delightful: funny, wise and full of insights into the relationship between fathers and sons.--The Lady

Witty and affectionate. Letter writing might be a dying art, but this book proves what a glorious art it is.--Tatler

Wry trenchant, often extremely funny, but also charmingly forbearing and forgiving.--Country Life

Poignant, waspish and gossipy, it is also very, very funny.-- Richard Kay, Mail Online

they are among the funniest ever dispatched in the vain hope of steering a black sheep onto something like the straight and narrow.--Wall Street Journal.

As well as being the funniest book I've read in ages, it's also extremely touching. A delight then, on every front. --The Spectator

As well as being the funniest book I've read in ages, it's also extremely touching. A delight then, on every front. --The Spectator

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A charming, witty and touching collection of letters from a father to his son.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving,Humorous,Unputdownable. 21 Aug 2012
By Jonnor
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I bought the book for my wife who had read some excerpts in the Sunday Times. I found it a superb read as it was both humorous and moving. As a parent myself some of the issues raised touched a chord. Provided a masterclass on how to deal with a wayward son or daughter. Dad's unique sense of humour and relaying of lively gossip made it an excellent read. Time has made it more relevant and funnier than Diary of a Nobody.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, amusing and poignant, a must read 13 Aug 2012
By P. Coli
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I could not put this book down, the most articulate and amusing letters written to a son. They reminded me of my father with a most ascerbic wit who made the ordinary laughable. I laughed out loud the whole way through this book. It will be hard to find anything to match it. This is a book that I will always keep and read again and again.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic and poignant book! 13 Aug 2012
By Padme
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A very amusing book of letters from a father to his son
Both funny and sad, but also uplifting.
Thoroughly recommend it to all.The Diary of a Nobody (Penguin Classics)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Class Act 19 July 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Wonderful Book and would recommend the hardback version as with the discount little price differential.
The sort of Book to hand down to a favoured friend / relative in due course. Understandably has featured for many weeks in the Best Selling Charts.
Suggest you try to avoid reading in a short time span but rather dip in as and when and take in the quality.
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69 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dear Lupin. Letters to a wayward son 16 May 2012
By Sharron
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What a fabulous memoir of a father/son relationship. Such immense love for his son shines through every letter, even if he is administering a "ticking off" at times. To have kept all these letters is also testiment to the strength of their bond. An absolute joy to read. This book is now making it's way through my family as many of them have been treated to excerpts via phone conversations over the time i was reading it and they loved it too.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely funny and real 7 Aug 2012
Format:Hardcover
I love this book and keep it nearby to dip into whenever I feel like a laugh. The author's writing is witty, human and loving to a son who clearly while disappointing his Dad, doesn't diminish the love he feels for and expresses to him. He never overtly criticises him but his opinions are in the sub-text.

Whilst also being very current (parents will recognise the son's behaviour) his style is beautifully old fashioned and his descriptions of people and events extremely funny. His diary letters of life in the country and the antics of aging neighbours, family and friends are all too real and funnier for it.

Wonderful
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dear Lupin - Letters to a Wayward Son 4 Jun 2012
By Jewels
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This is such a funny entertaining book I'm so glad I bought it.
Set out in humerous letters from his father to his son - author Roger Mortimer it tells in very amusing detail about his extremely interesting life revolving around his family/friends and everything that happens in his life on a weekly/monthly basis. His humour is very British and self-deprecating and every letter gave me such a good chuckle. Brilliantly written. I would recommend this book to anyone with a sense of humour and those who enjoy a good laugh.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars moving 11 Sep 2013
By grumpya
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amusing, moving and a wonderful way of telling the story of the relationship between father and son through good times and awful times, dealing with problems & conveying a wonderful mental picture of a slightly eccentric British middle class family. I absolutely loved this. Cried at the end which is unheard of for me, I found the depth of love (despite the frustration) between father and son totally inspiring
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