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While I loved Dear Lupin
on 6 July 2014
I bought this book having read Dear Lupin by Jane Torday's brother, Charlie Mortimer. Both books draw heavily on their father Roger's letters to his children. While I loved Dear Lupin, I found Dearest Jane rather pedestrian at times. Jane has provided much more family background and biographical details of her father and personally I did not find this particularly interesting. Her brother Charlie's book lets the letters stand largely on their own, and this is what gives Charlie's book it's time. Jane Torday book gives me the impression of having far too much padding in it and while some of it is interesting, why would a reader want so much information about her family and their lives?
I feel that Dear Lupin could become a modern comedy classic - along with such books as Diary of a Nobody, Three Men in a Boat etc. Jane's book lacks the sheer concentrated sparkle of her brother's book and I regret will come in as an also ran. Note to budding authors - be original, not derivative.