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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Constable (3 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780330030
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780330037
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (488 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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... 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)

An examination of the father/son relationship and a snapshot of 1960s and 1970s society in all its contemporaneous freshness... never loses its ability to make the reader laugh. (Country Life)

'these often exasperated but hilarious letters should be required reading by all young things who think they know better. Charlie says this book is a tribute to his father and what a fine tribute it is. Roger's optimism in the most unpromising of circumstances will stay with you long after his last delightful letter is read.' (The Sunday Express)

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

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jonnor on 21 Aug. 2012
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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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By P. Coli on 13 Aug. 2012
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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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Padme on 13 Aug. 2012
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Metropolitan Critic on 28 Dec. 2012
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Born in 1909, Roger Mortimer spent the first half of his life in the British Army. In 1940, he fought at Dunkirk and, following capture by the Germans, passed much of the Second World War in various prisoner of war camps. After the war, he attained the rank of major, serving in Trieste in north-east Italy.

Resigning from the army in 1947, he became the racing correspondent of The Sunday Times, a position he held for almost thirty years. In his spare time, he wrote a number of racing-themed books, including a history of the Epsom Derby.

Dear Lupin...Letters to a Wayward Son collects the letters written by Mortimer to his son, Charlie, between 1967 and 1991. The title - which derives from Mortimer's occasional practice of addressing Charlie as Lupin, after the troublesome son in The Diary of a Nobody - is rather off-putting, suggesting a combination of whimsy and complacency.

In fact, Mortimer is anything but self-satified. He is Conservative, Telegraph-reading, misanthropic, unhappy. His general attitude is similar to that expressed by Kingsley Amis:

Life is mainly grief and labour,
Two things get you through.
Chortling when it hits your neighbour,
Whingeing when it's you.

Mortimer's views as to the contribution to British society made by women, ethnic minorities, homosexuals, the proletariat, men with beards etc. are by no means in line with modern thinking. But despite this - indeed, perhaps because of this - he is very funny.

The language of these letters has a verve and energy of its own. I particularly enjoyed his use of rhyming slang:

'A Mrs. Collingwood from Ecchinswell came to supper: her ever-loving husband has just done a pineapple chunk with a saucy nurse.' (p.72)

'We lunched on Sunday with Bobby Kennard who was completely boracic lint until ten years ago when he netted a rich widow as his third wife.' (p.95)

Strongly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By covergirl14 on 21 Aug. 2012
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This book resonated clearly with me, having a father of my own whose emotions regarding my behaviour ranged from dismay, to apoplepsy, tired resignation and finally a warm bond and the sharing of rude jokes. Charlie Mortimer's relationship with his father is sometimes uncomfortable reading, because the urge to shake Charlie and make him to something worthwhile to please his poor parents is pretty strong.
But Charlie grows up in the Sixties, a world away from his father's era, and enjoys a much less rigid, and more loving, childhood than his father. So it's perhaps inevitable that the gulf between them is so wide... and yet, between the lines, so close at the same time.
The dogs made me cry with laughter - especially poor Cringer who throws up in every honoured guest's room as a sort of welcome gift. We had a dog like that. I also loved his mother, who is a bit like myself as a mother. Oh dear! Too many home truths in this book.
Only one jarring note, and it's money. I struggled a bit to sympathise with a man who complains about the telephone bill being so high - then sends his son to Harrods to get a few groceries for an elderly aunt! Surely Asda would suffice?! Also, the word 'middle-class' was used too many times to describe various members of the family. I hardly think they, their titled relatives, and horse-training friends etc are middle class. Mortimer senior's detachment from the real world can be both amusing and frustrating.
Essentially it's an easy read, and a warm, fuzzy book perfect for a wintry afternoon with a glass of nice wine.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Gould on 19 July 2012
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie on 30 April 2013
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This was very different,very funny and very sad. Mortimer Snr is a gifted writer and his pen portraits of his family, friends and social class are at the same time hilarious and poignant. His is a dying generation of men who had a difficult war in their youth and who find the freedoms of modern society hard to fathom. His love for his family is paramount and he tries hard to counsel his wayward son, and the letters mean that the communication is never broken. I laughed out loud several times in the course of reading this book, and I liked Mortimer Jnr's wry comments at the end of each section. One thing, however;why do the English upper middle classes never seem to mind that their dogs leave messes in the house, on carpets etc? It's one thing to be charmingly eccentric but quite another to be unhygienic! I will certainly read the next family member's published letter collection.
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