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The book is worth having alone for the delightfully vivid and delicately observant introduction. Ratcliffe's writing is adroit, elegant but also penetrating in what she draws out. She has clearly spent a long time with Wodehouse and draws up the most sympathetic and moving of character sketches. She has enough distance between her subject to acknowledge his foibles and weaknesses; the contraditory impersonations and prejudices of his letter writing character. The selection is brave in what it includes. 'A Life in Letters' is something close to a good autobiography because it tells us things that are difficult to hear.