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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Constable (28 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780332351
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780332352
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (540 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,034 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)

A collection of brilliantly written letters from a world-weary father to his feckless son. They could offer a money back guarantee if you don't laugh - the publishers' money would be safe. (Jeremy Paxman Guardian Books of the Year)

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.' (Sunday Express)

Poignant, waspish and gossipy, it is also very, very funny. (Mail Online)

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A charming, witty and touching collection of letters from a father to his son, that became a huge bestseller in hardback.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I purchased this book to send to' my son, after reading a resume, and at the time couldn't get it on to my kindle!!! Which t need to read any book, as I am losing my sight, anyway I did eventually manage to find it on kindle, and couldn't stop laughing the night I started reading it in bed, think I laughed nearly all night, fell asleep eventually , was so tired, ...brilliant tale so funny and so heartwarming, what a brilliant Dad... Like to read now about how the son fared, when he eventually got some sense. Think he should have a tale to tell.... I have lent this book to friends, who have enjoyed as much as me, and they too are going to buy it to give to their sons!!! I also told them to go to Amazon to buy this...
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