Dear Lupin...: Letters to a Wayward Son Paperback – 28 Mar 2013
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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)
A charming, witty and touching collection of letters from a father to his son, that became a huge bestseller in hardback.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
Both funny and sad, but also uplifting.
Thoroughly recommend it to all.The Diary of a Nobody (Penguin Classics)
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I laughed and cried but would have liked more comments from Charlie.Published 1 month ago by A. R. Nicholson
Being a huge fan of Diary of a Nobody I had a fairly good idea of the character of the son in this book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by lynw
I've read this book 3 times now. Such a delight. Roger, a bit of a throw back from days gone by, is trying to make sense of the modern world, his manic wife and his erratic son. Read morePublished 3 months ago by O. Fisher
I haven't finished reading the book as yet but, so far, l love it.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
A moving tribute to a much loved son, despite his unconventional progress through life.
The warmth and wit and wonderful names given to people make you laugh out loud.