Dear Lumpy by Louise Mortimer
Letters to a Disobedient Daughter

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What marks his prose style...is the rapid zigzag of subject matter from the inconsequential to the horrific and back again, delivered in the same even tone of someone going through a shopping list in a spirit of bored whimsy.
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'Dearest Lumpy,
I hope you are plump and well. Your mother bashed her car yesterday and chooses to believe it was not her fault...'
Roger Mortimer's witty dressing-downs and affectionate advice were not only directed at his wayward son, Lupin. Though better behaved than her mischievous older brother, Louise (aka 'Lumpy') still caused her father to reach for his typewriter.
The trials and tribulations of Louise's days at boarding school, her eventful wedding to Hot¬Hand-Henry and the birth of his grandchildren are all accompanied by a sometimes chiding, but always loving letter.
Between these milestones, Roger gives updates on the family, pets and the local gossip, holds forth on the weather, road safety, and even suggests the best way to make a gravy soup, all in his own inimitable style.
With the same unique charm and often snort-inducing humour that made Dear Lupin a bestseller, Roger Mortimer guides and supports his daughter through every scrape she found herself in. Hilarious and instantly familiar, Dear Lumpy is a perfect example of the glorious art of letter writing, and the timeless relationship between father and daughter.

 

About Louise Mortimer

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Louise Mortimer was educated at Yateley Hall, Daneshill and Tudor Hall. She has had a mixed career history: PR to an antiques' dealer, sales assistant, professional cook, kindergarten teacher at Garden House School, volunteer teacher for various charities in India and Mauritius. She has two children, Rebecca and Benjamin, and is currently semi-retired and living peacefully with slightly overweight border terrier, Marley Mortimer, in London.
 
Published April 4, 2013 by Constable. 192 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships. Fiction
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Reviewed by Sam Leith on Jun 05 2013

What marks his prose style...is the rapid zigzag of subject matter from the inconsequential to the horrific and back again, delivered in the same even tone of someone going through a shopping list in a spirit of bored whimsy.

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